Leadership (Abuja)

27 December 2012

Nigeria: Nyako/Tukur Rivalry - PDP Committee Insists On Party Congress Today

The secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Caretaker Committee in Adamawa State, Mr Elli Gamaliel, has reiterated his group's determination to go ahead with today's congresses despite the ban on political activities by the state governor, Murtala Nyako, who cited security concerns as his reason.

Palpable apprehension has enveloped the state following the uncompromising stance of the two contending sides not to shift ground on the proposed congress.

A bitter rivalry had ensued between Governor Nyako's camp and that of the national chairman, Bamanga Tukur, over the control of the party structure in the build-up to the local government primaries, which saw only Nyako's loyalists emerging victorious.

Also, secretary to the dissolved faction loyal to Governor Nyako, P.P. Elisha, said that Nyako would not allow the congress to hold because of the fear that it could cause a breakdown of law and order.

He said the governor was advised by security chiefs in the state during one of the security meetings that he should not allow the congresses to hold for fear of security breaches in the state, and as the chief security officer of the state, it was the duty of the governor to take proactive measures to halt any activity that may result in the breakdown of law and order.

The spokesman of the Adamawa State Police Command, DSP Ibrahim Mohammed, said that as far as the Police Force was concerned, the governor is the chief security officer of the state and his views on security issues are final.

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