2019: Buhari will fall in Katsina- Sen. Tsauri

By Dirisu Yakubu
ABUJA- An aspirant for the position of National Secretary of the Peoples
Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Umar Ibrahim Tsauri has said the party will
defeat President Muhammadu Buhari in Katsina State in the 2019 general
elections.

The PDP stalwart who hails from the President’s home state of Katsina, also
challenged opponents of micro-zoning to test their popularity at the
December 9 national convention.
While insisting the PDP does not need to campaign to inflict defeat on the
President in the event that he takes up the option of running for a second
term, the ex-lawmaker noted that no State in the North boast of the
popularity of the PDP like Katsina.

“We don’t need to campaign for that (defeat of President Buhari). PDP has
done what is supposed to be done by any other political party, rightly. We will
defeat the President in Katsina State in the next general election,” he said.
Senator Tsauri who stated this yesterday after the submission of his
nomination form at the party’s headquarters noted that the President has
never had it easy in the State in the past, noting that same fate awaits him
come 2019.

He added that in the period stretching from 2003 to 2011, the party had been
frustrating Buhari’s political ambition in the state.

In a veiled reference to another aspirant for the position from Kaduna State,
Abubakar Mustapha, who kicked against micro-zoning, insisting that it was
tantamount to imposition; Senator Tsauri who represented Katsina Central in
the Senate from 2003 to 2007, called on opponents of micro-zoning to test
their popularity at the forthcoming convention.

His words: “PDP is a democratic party. So, if a position is zoned to a place,
you can contest it. If there is consensus. we go for it. If there is no
consensus, we go to the field.

“The position of National Secretary has been zoned to my zone and I feel I
am eligible to contest. I feel largely that I can contribute my quota towards
eliminating the challenges facing the party.

“I feel largely that if I come on board, I will make sure that PDP is brought in
a balanced position just like before and we will reclaim our mandate from the
APC.”

He urged the leadership of the party to remain committed to the ideals of
fairness and justice, adding that a credible convention would put the party
back on track preparatory to regaining power at the centre in 2019.

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