Six Katsina State governorship aspirants of the Peoples Democratic Party have warned that the party is set to lose the state to the opposition party, the All Progressives Congress in the forthcoming governorship election in the state.
They said this in a petition they sent to the Acting National Chairman of the party, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu, in Abuja, on Monday.
The aggrieved aspirants are Sen. Ibrahim Ida, Alhaji Tukur Jikamshi, Gide Yar’Adua, Ahmed Yar’Adua, Kabiru Barkiya and Mohammed Khalil.
They accused the governor of the state, Alhaji Ibrahim Shema, of planning to impose Mr. Musa Nashuni as the governorship candidate of the party in the state.
In their petition, they said the governor called a cabinet meeting where he announced to those in attendance that he had endorsed Nashuni as his successor.
The petition which was read to journalists on behalf of the group by Ida said, “On Tuesday, October 28, 2014, the state governor convened a meeting of his cabinet and personal aides, during which he announced that an anointed candidate, in the person of Musa Nashuni, a commissioner in the cabinet, is to be the party’s governorship candidate in the coming 2015 general elections.
“The said Nashuni is a stranger to Katsina State politics, who was brought into the state government purely on the basis of his personal relationship with the state governor.
“Although, he was a member of the State Executive Council, he has never identified with any PDP activities in the state.
“The said anointed candidate is not only a stranger in the political environment of the state but is also unpopular even in his immediate constituency.
“Following these improper actions by the state governor, all the party members and supporters in the state are now in a state of shock confusion, and fear of losing all elections in 2015.
“In fact, we must say that we can lose the party to the APC if we refuse to put our house in order. ”
The aspirants said that although Katsina is a stronghold of the PDP in the North-West zone, it is also the home state of the leading members of the opposition.
A former Head of State, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari(retd.), who is a presidential aspirant on the platform of the APC, is from the state.