There was stampede on Saturday amongst delegates in Kaduna at the venue of Northwest zonal congresses of the main opposition political party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the process was disrupted midway.
The situation might not be unconnected to the silent scheming and maneuvering ongoing between the supporters of a former Kano State Governor, Engineer Rabiu Musa Kwakwanso and those of Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto State.
The two are said to be jostling for the soul of the party ahead of the forthcoming general election schedule for 2023.
Kwakwanso and Tambuwal are said to be interested in the nation’s top seat, the Presidency and are currently locked in a battle of wits in their respective quests to pick the party’s presidential ticket.
Saturday’s zonal congresses provided an avenue for the two to take effective control of the zone, which is reputed to be the largest amongst the six zones making up the country.
Northwest has the highest number of delegates and that sets the tone for the war of attrition between the two gladiators and the venue of the congresses provided an opportunity to test their might and popularity.
While the Tambuwal led faction is throwing its support for a former member of the upper legislative chamber, Senator Bello Hayatu Gwarzo, Kwakwanso is supporting the bid of another candidate.
Delegates from all the seven states making up the zone had converged on (please put the venue) to elect the zonal executive committee members in an atmosphere that was initially friendly.
Trouble however began when supporters of Tambuwal led by a retired diplomat, Ambassador Aminu Wali distrupted the process when they realized that the candidate endorsed by the Kwakwasiyya Movement was coasting to victory.
“Voting was already going on smoothly withour any wahala (trouble) but when they (the Wali faction) realized that they were losing election, they sent in their thugs to disrupt the process.” A kwakwanso supporter said.