Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja
An aspirant for the position of National Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Umar Ibrahim Tsauri, has insisted that the party will defeat President Muhammadu Buhari in Katsina State in the 2019 general election.
The PDP chieftain who hails from the presidentâ€™s home state of Katsina, also challenged critics of micro-zoning not to over heat the polity but to be ready to test their popularity at the December 9 elective national convention of the party.
According to him, despite being from the home state of President Buhari, PDP will defeat APC in the state.
â€œWe donâ€™t need to campaign for that. 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,â€ he said.
Senator Tsauri made the declaration thursday in Abuja after submitting his nomination form at the partyâ€™s headquarters in Abuja.
He added that between 2003 and 2011, the party had been frustrating Buhariâ€™s political ambition in the state.
He spoke against the backdrop of criticisms trailing the micro-zoning of the position to Katsina State by the party in the North-west geopolitical zone.
Speaking with journalists after submitting his form, 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.
â€œPDP 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.â€