Fresh con­tro­versy over ten­ure of Kogi PDP exco

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - From Us­man Bello, Lokoja

Con­tro­versy has con­tin­ued to trial the con­tin­u­ous stay in of­fice of the present ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee of the Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP) in Kogi State.

The is­sue our cor­re­spon­dent learnt, has re­sulted in se­ries of pe­ti­tions to the na­tional chair­man of the party, Ah­madu Adamu Muazu, who has been called upon to in­ter­vene in the mat­ter by dis­solv­ing the exco of the party in the state to pave way for a new one to be elected.

The le­git­i­macy of the Has­san Salau-led ex­ec­u­tive of the party in Kogi, our cor­re­spon­dent learnt, be­came an is­sue since Oc­to­ber, when many party stal­warts be­gan to raise is­sues about al­leged plot by the ex­ec­u­tive to per­pet­u­ate it­self in of­fice be­yond Novem­ber, when its ten­ure was sup­posed to have lapsed.

One of the pe­ti­tions which came from some con­cerned PDP stake­hold­ers was signed by Mr. Ebenezer Ma­jebi, stat­ing the po­si­tion of the cur­rent exco of the party and why it should be dis­solved.

“Fol­low­ing the di­rec­tive from the In­de­pen­dent Na­tional Elec­toral Com­mis­sion (INEC) to the PDP to con­duct re­peat con­gresses in some states where such elec­tions had been in­con­clu­sive, the PDP or­gan­ised state congress elec­tions on 9th De­cem­ber, 2010 un­der the watch and su­per­vi­sion of a 6-man mon­i­tor­ing team nom­i­nated by INEC led by Al­haji Ahmed Bimbo Bagudu.

“All that the 29 men and women in that Salau-led Exco are do­ing is to frus­trate and scup­per ev­ery ef­fort to­wards bring­ing them to sub­mit them­selves to the hard lessons of con­sti­tu­tional democ­racy,” the pe­ti­tion­ers said.

An­other pe­ti­tion signed by Al­haji Ibrahim Suleiman and Andrew Enebe, for Kogi State Con­cerned PDP Stake­hold­ers, said the present state ex­ec­u­tive led by Has­san Salawu had com­pleted its four year-ten­ure hav­ing be­ing put in place in Novem­ber, 2009.

The Kogi State PDP chair­man could not be reached as his phone was said not to be avail­able, but his spe­cial as­sis­tant on me­dia, Ibrahim Adamu, de­nied the ten­ure of the chair­man has ex­pired.

He said the ten­ure of the chair­man will ex­pire on De­cem­ber 9, 2014 be­cause the first elec­tion that pro­duced him was can­celled and that an­other elec­tion which he also won was con­ducted un­der the su­per­vi­sion of INEC and of­fi­cials from the na­tional sec­re­tariat.

He added that judg­ing by that valid elec­tion his ten­ure will ex­pire De­cem­ber, 9,2014.

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