|The PAS vice-president wants to defend his current post if nominated.|
KUALA LUMPUR : PAS vice-president Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man will not be going for the number two post at the party’s polls during PAS’ muktamar (general assembly) from June 3 to 5 at its training headquarters in Gombak here.
He said he would only be defending the vice-president post if he was nominated.
“As I have said a number of time before this, I will not be going for the number two post,” he told Bernama.
He was asked to comment on a news report today that said he had garnered 17 nominations, which made him eligible to contest the deputy president post.
So far only two PAS leaders, the incumbent Nasharuddin Mat Isa and central committee member Mohamad Sabu, have confirmed that they will contest the number two post if they receive enough nominations.
The report said that as of March 9, Mohamad was leading the race with 70 nominations compared with Nasharuddin’s 39.
Others in the running are Kedah Menteri Besar Azizan Abdul Razak, vice-president Salahuddin Ayub, and Perak PAS leader Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin.
Tuan Ibrahim said that the report was mere speculation as the polls chairman Abdul Halim Abdul Rahman had yet to make an official statement on the status of nominations.
The closing date for nominations is May 15. Aspirants must receive at least two nominations to be eligible to contest any post.
Meahwile, PAS secretary-general Mustafa Ali said an official announcement on the nomination status for the posts that will be contested would be made on May 17.
PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang is not being challenged at the polls.