This Day (Lagos)

25 January 2013

Nigeria: Nwc Members - Tukur Factionalised PDP in Adamawa

Yola — The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, has been accused of allegedly violating the decision of 10 members of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party, who unanimously reinstated the Alhaji Mijinyawa Kugama-led state executive in Adamawa State.

The NWC members, who stated that the Ambassador Umar Damagum-led caretaker committee was not assigned to conduct local government and ward congresses in the state, however, dismissed the exercise which produced Chief Joel Madaki, as the state chairman of the party.

On January 23, Tukur ordered the National Vice-Chairman (North-east) of the party, Alhaji Muhammad Wakili, to swear in Madaki, and the controversial local government chairmen in the 21 local government areas of the state.

Wakili, who was represented by Alhaji JIngi Rufa'I, said he was assigned to ensure that the exercise failed, since it was not in accordance with the PDP constitution.

However, the dissolution of the congresses by the NWC was not accepted by Tukur after the swearing-in in Yola.

It was also gathered that the chairman was adamant in recognising the Madaki-led-executive as the authentic executive in the state instead of the Kugama led-executive.

Tukur, who was represented by Mustapha, was said to have insisted at the party's headquarters that it was only the Madaki led-executive that was recognised by the party.

He also added that the transformation currently going on in the party was not aimed at driving people out of the party but to overhaul the party's structure for better result and harmony.

Meanwhile, Madaki told the PDP supporters at the inauguration venue that efforts to forestall the activities of the caretaker committee of the party that brought them to power by their own PDP government in the state had failed.

"I salute our collective courage and efforts in the face of threats and intimidation by our own PDP government in the state and the oaths administered today on the local government PDP chairmen, the composition of the State Executive Committee (SEC) of the PDP is now complete and ready to pursue with vigour the programmes of the party as enshrined in its constitution and manifesto," he said.

Madaki also called on Governor Murtala Nyako, Senators and House of Representatives members, members of state House of Assembly and other stakeholders of the PDP in the state to work together for the benefit of the party in the state.

But in a swift reaction, the Secretary of the Kugama-reinstated executive, Mr. P.P. Elisha, described the swearing-in and inauguration of the council executives of the party by the Madaki-led faction as an exercise in futility.

Elisha, who reaffirmed that the Kugama-led State Working Committee (SWC), as the authentic and recognised by the NWC of PDP, added that 10 out of 12 members of the NWC announced, rescinded the earlier decision of the dissolving the Kugama-led SWC.

The scribe said he had absolute regard and respect for Madaki but frowned on the fragrant abuse of relevant sections of the party's constitution, following the inauguration of the 21 LGA executives by Madaki, while he was not oblivious of the fact that the Kugama-led SWC was the only one recognised in the state.

Elisha claimed that section 31 of the constitution of the party (PDP) had given the Kugama-led executive power to exist because 10 out of 12 members of the NWC of the party had ordered the reinstatement of the Kugama dissolved executives.

However, the scribe alleged that the reason why Nyako was having a lot of supporters was because of his laudable developmental programmes in the state

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