Ji­gawa: Plot to hand over PDP to Tu­raki thick­ens

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - From Ab­dul­lahi Anako,Dutse

A fresh plot in un­der­way to dis­solve the cur­rent ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee of the Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP) in Ji­gawa State, and it hand over to ex-Gover­nor, Saminu Ibrahim Tu­raki, Daily Trust has learnt.

Lamido re­cently launched a move­ment called ‘Saminiyya Move­ment’ that is in sup­port of Pres­i­dent Good­luck Jonathan.

The plan ac­cord­ing to sources, is con­sti­tute a care­taker com­mit­tee af­ter the dis­so­lu­tion of the cur­rent exco on grounds that the INEC had faulted the process of its com­po­si­tion, while mem­bers loyal to the for­mer gover­nor would be ap­pointed to run the af­fairs of the party.

For­mer House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives mem­ber, Ab­bas Anas, who is close to the for­mer gover­nor, con­firmed the de­vel­op­ment to news­men.

He said “Ji­gawa State is among the nine states listed by INEC that has not con­ducted proper con­gresses since 2012. The present state ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee as presently con­sti­tuted is il­le­gal. The con­sti­tu­tion of the PDP rec­og­nizes party struc­tures from the ward up to the state level. So since there is no valid struc­ture, the build­ing is faulty. Plans are on to bring in care –taker com­mit­tee to take charge of the af­fairs of the party in the state”

On the al­le­ga­tion that the Pres­i­dency is be­hind the move to re­move the struc­tures from Lamido since the Pres­i­dency is al­legedly not sure of his sup­port, Anas told news­men that the Pres­i­dency is not re­spon­si­ble for the lack proper congress in Ji­gawa adding that what they want is for il­le­gal­ity to give way.

He said as far as the PDP at the cen­tre is con­cerned, a care­taker com­mit­tee is in the mak­ing and that Tu­raki has been more ac­tive lately in the party than Lamido.

“When the Pres­i­dent went to Bauchi, Lamido was ab­sent. The same thing in Sokoto, Katsina and Kano last week. Even when Lamido went to North-West rally in Kaduna he openly chal­lenged the lead­er­ship of the party while Tu­raki has been with party all the way”

But in a swift re­ac­tion, the Ji­gawa State PDP Chair­man, Al­haji Mah­muda Kuit said the present exco of the party was prop­erly con­sti­tuted through the ward con­gresses up to the state level.

“I am not aware that INEC has in­cluded Ji­gawa in the nine states which has not con­ducted con­gresses. We have not seen any let­ter to that ef­fect. I want to as­sure you that the state exco was prop­erly con­sti­tuted and when we con­ducted the con­gresses INEC was here as a wit­ness. We held our elec­tion at the pop­u­lar Aminu Kano Tri­an­gle. I am there­fore not aware of any at­tempt to bring a care­taker com­mit­tee to run the af­fairs of the state as there is no ba­sis to do that”

He said as far as they are con­cerned, Tu­raki is not a PDP mem­ber even though he has been fol­low­ing the Pres­i­dent.

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