Youths from Gbako and Katcha Local Government Areas of Niger State have stated that aspirants from Bida Local Government Area have never respected the zoning arrangement purportedly reached by the three local government areas regarding Bida/Katcha/Gbako Federal Constituency of the House of Representatives.
The position of the youth group comes on the heels of a claim by a group in Bida that the next House of Representatives member should come from Bida.
The group of youths from Gbako and Katcha, in a statement signed by one Mohammed Kafa Kowangi, explained that when Mr. Peter Ndalikali Jiya from Gbako contested and won in 1999, there was an aspirant from Bida in person of Mr. Muhammad Awwal Bida and in 2003 two aspirants, Mr. Bida and Hon Ibrahim Babbanna Mustapha contested against Ndalikali.
Kowangi further explained that in 2007 when Hon Isah Bello from Katcha vied for the office, there were aspirants from Bida and in 2011 the same thing happened; an indication that the Bida area has never respected the rotation agreement of the House of Representatives seat among the three local government areas that constitute the federal constituency.
“As it stands, since 1999, aspirants have always contested for the seat of Federal House of Representatives from Bida” the spokesman for the group said.
The group maintained that “Zoning in a political party is a gentleman agreement and not a constitutional issue,” adding that, zoning agreement, even if it ever existed, has always being violated by Bida Local Government Area.
The youths claimed the stakeholders meeting held last Sunday in Bida excluded major stakeholders like the incumbent member of House of Representatives for the area, Hon Abdulmalik Cheche as well as Commissioners from and Council Chairmen of Gbako and Katcha; hence any agreement purportedly reached at the meeting could not be binding on the PDP members from the other parts of the constituency.