A meeting at the instance of PDP working committee in Nasarawa State to agree on a consensus governorship candidate of the party ended in deadlock, yesterday.
The meeting which took place at Kini Hotel Akwanga, had in attendance all the state working committee of the party, two PDP Senators, Assembly Members, aspirants and selected critical stakeholders one each from the 13 local government areas of the state.
Our Correspondent reports that all those who attended the meeting came out wearing gloomy faces.
The meeting that lasted for 30 minutes, was intense. “It was one of the hottest meeting of our party in recent times”, a source said.
All of them declined speaking to the press saying the meeting couldn’t come up with any resolution because of rivalry between Eggon and Mada tribes.
A source who was in the meeting who pleaded for anonymity said after Francis Orogu, the state PDP chairman addressed the meeting, other stakeholders also spoke pleading with the aspirants to reduce the work load on the party by reaching an agreement on a consensus candidate.
The source said it was the positions of Senator Gyunka and Dameshi Luka that broke the camel’s back and brought to an abrupt end of the meeting.
He said, Senator Gyunka and Dameshi, spoke vehemently on top of their voices that they will remain in the race till primaries, threatening that any attempt by the party to impose a candidate will spell doom.
“The meeting of the stakeholders of the party could not resolve on the only agenda of meeting which is governorship. There was no resolution taken, all the governorship aspirants present in the meeting agreed to go for primaries.
“Compelled by situation the chairman of our party, PDP, Francis Orogu, put the issue to a voice vote and all the aspirants answered yes, they will go to primaries and that was how the meeting ended without closing remarks and prayers,” he said.