The elders of the ruling People Democratic Party (PDP) in Niger State have restricted the governorship contest in the state to Kontagora and Wushishi emirate councils by 2015.
The two emirates consist of four federal constituencies of Kontagora, Magama/Rijau, Borgu/Agwara and Wushishi/Mariga/Mashegu making up the Niger north senatorial district (Zone C).
The zone, LEADERSHIP observed, has been the strong hold of the opposition parties in the state in the recent time where the only Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) senator from the state, Ibrahim Musa emerged.
In a tactical move ahead the opposition and also in line with the party’s zoning arrangement in the state, the leader of the party elders in the state, Col Aminu Isah Kontagora, announced to journalists after their meeting in Minna on Tuesday that the party had decided to restrict the contest to Kontagora and Wushishi zone.
He posited that that the elders’ forum endorsed the position and all members of the party were expected to obey the unwritten law for the success of the party in the next governorship election.
According to him, the party would not be disturbed by the large number of those who had already indicated interest to contest, adding that so far, all the aspirants were from the two emirate councils.
The chairman of the forum said the “PDP is not jittery about the merger of the opposition parties in the country even as the zone has always been a good ground for the opposition parties.