Daily Trust (Abuja)

27 January 2013

Nigeria: PDP Crises Latest - Nyako, Bamanga Factions At War

Yola — The crisis rocking the Adamawa State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has deepened following the setting up of two parallel secretariats by factions loyal to the party's National Chairman Dr Bamanga Tukur and Governor Murtala Nyako.

Pro-Tukur PDP executive led by Chief Joel Madaki was inaugurated last Thursday, despite the recent resolution of the party's National Working Committee (NWC) that reinstated Abdullahi Umar Kugama-led faction which is loyal to Nyako.

The inauguration ceremony took place at the popular 'Buhari' rallying ground along Numan Road at the outskirts of Jimeta instead of 'Ribadu Square' which has always been the venue in the past.

As a consequence of the clash between Tukur and Nyako, some commissioners and special advisers in Adamawa State are to lose their jobs for allegedly betraying government in the on-going power struggle.

The Chief of Staff to Governor Nyako, Alhaji Abdulrahman Abba, spoke on the impending fate of disloyal government appointees yesterday in Yola while addressing a meeting between governor Nyako, local government chairmen and Kugama-led state party executive.

Abba, who said government was aware that some commissioners, special advisers and other political appointees were romancing with a faction of the party being sponsored by 'Abuja and Kaduna politicians', added that such people would soon be relieved of their jobs.

"In one week's time, we are going to fish out the betrayers and show them the way out," he said.

He explained that the PDP, under the leadership of Alhaji Kugama, was responsible for all the elections victories recorded by the party in the state without the contribution of 'Abuja politicians', stressing that the factional party leadership would not be deterred by any group.

Abba, who urged for calm among party members, said Governor Sule Lamido-led Reconciliation Committee on the crisis had been receiving memorandum and would soon resolve the matter.

Also speaking at the occasion, Governor Nyako said his administration recognized Kugama-led executive, adding that those trying to foment trouble by parading another party executive should channel their energy to another meaningful venture that would bring development to the state.

"Kugama-led elected executive brought victory to this party in the state. Any Adamawa politician from Abuja or Kaduna who feels he is influential should use that influence to bring development to the state rather than problem," Nyako said.

He urged all political office holders at the meeting, particularly the newly elected local government chairmen, to take concrete steps to fulfil their promises to the electorate.

In his remarks, Kugama reiterated the party's support for the PDP led-government at all levels and tasked newly elected council chairmen to live up to expectations, stressing that the party wanted to see some of their projects being inaugurated while marking 100 days in office.

Last Thursday's inauguration of Madaki-led faction was conducted without any security presence. No member of the NWC from Abuja attended the event. State Deputy Chairman of the party, Rufai Jingi, was said to have represented the North East National Vice Chairman.

Speaking shortly after the inauguration, the factional chairman, Chief Madaki saluted the collective courage and efforts of members in the face of what he called threat and intimidation by "our own Peoples Democratic Party government in the state".

According to Madaki, "With the oath administered today on the local government PDP chairmen, the composition of the state executive committee of the PDP is now complete and ready to pursue with vigour the programmes of the party as enshrined in the party's constitution and manifesto.

He noted that now that the PDP government is in place, "Our action is to monitor the act of governance by seeing that people oriented programmes are vigorously pursued and complied with."

Madaki lamented that "the PDP Governor and government of Adamawa State seem to forget the promises made to the good people of the state...instead of good governance, they have decided to focus on personal aggrandizement to the detriment of the state".

He accused the governor of having sacrificed the development of the state on the altar of patronage of family and friends.

The factional party chairman therefore charged elected representatives under the platform of the PDP in the state at all levels and stakeholders to support the party from top to the grassroots to enable it "give better and meaningful direction to our leaders in government."

Tukur and Prof Jibril Aminu sent representatives to the occasion.

However, in his swift reaction, Mr P.P. Elisha, the party's secretary of the Kugama-led executive described the swearing in of the ward/local government executives of Madaki faction as an exercise in futility.

Elisha said he would have expected Madaki with his status in the party as a respected foundation party member to respect the rule of law and other subsequent pronouncements that have been made on the state of affairs of the party in the state.

Elisha maintained that despite the swearing in of the executives, the PDP in the state will not run a parallel party, adding that efforts will be made to reach out to them to see how best to resolve the problems.

He, however, noted that "there is no where an election could have been conducted without the supervision of the NWC, INEC and security agencies," adding that any elections without umpire should be regarded as illegal.

He explained that the NWC never directed Ambassador Umar Damagun-led caretaker committee to do what they did and called on the PDP supporters to remain steadfast.

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