SHAH ALAM: The Selangor Umno liaison committee wants all 22 Umno divisions in the state to nominate only Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi for party president and Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak for deputy president in the coming party polls.
The divisions were told to nominate Tan Sri Muhammad Muhammad Taib for one of the three vice-president posts.
They were also told to nominate Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Khir Toyo, Higher Education Minister Datuk Dr Shafie Mohd Salleh, Deputy Internal Security Minister Datuk Noh Omar and Deputy Works Minister Datuk Mohd Zin Mohd for seats in the 25-member supreme council.
Selangor Umno will also back the candidacy of state assembly Speaker Datuk Seri Onn Ismail for the vacant permanent chairman's post.
Dr Khir, who is the state Umno chief, said the decision was based on the consensus of all the state Umno committee members who met last night.
He said the 22 Umno divisions in Selangor would however be free to nominate anyone for the other two vice-president posts, leaders of the Youth, Wanita and Puteri wings and also the remaining 21 supreme council posts.
Asked whether Selangor would emulate Pahang in discouraging its division leaders from nominating Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah for top posts, Dr Khir said the consensus was only to support Abdullah for president and Najib for deputy.
Dr Khir also said the Shah Alam, Kuala Selangor and Petaling Jaya Selatan divisions would see a contest for the division chairman post.
In Shah Alam, Datuk Salamon Selamat who obtained 43 nominations is being challenged by Kamaruzaman Jamil who secured 18 nominations.
In Kuala Selangor, Daud Tarihep received 37 nominations while his challenger Amiruddin Sutero got 33 while in Petaling Selatan Capt (R) Zahar Hashim, who obtained 38 nominations, is being challenged by his deputy Wahab Ibrahim who received 22.