By Lateef Ibrahim with agency report
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kaduna State has been engulfed in crisis, leading to the suspension of seven of the party’s chieftains in the state.
Those suspended by the party are a former senator, Suleiman Hunkuyi, who represented the Northern Kaduna Senatorial District in the eighth Senate.
Hunkuyi was also a governorship aspirant of the party in the 2019 governorship election in the state.
Other members suspended include Hashim Garba, Kubau Local Government; Dr Mato Dogara, Lere Local Government; Ibrahim Lazuru, Lere Local Government; Dr John Danfulani, Kachia Local Government; Lawal Adamu, Soba Local Government as well as Ubale Salmanduna, Zaria Local Government.
According to the state Publicity Secretary of the party, Abraham Catoh, Hunkuyi and others were suspended for their anti-party activities.
Catoh in a statement in Kaduna at the weekend said the suspension order was handed down by the state Working Committee of the party in line with the party’s constitution as provided in Section 57(3) 2017, as amended.
He also said the suspended party chieftains were expected to appear before the party’s disciplinary committee on a date and time to be announced by the committee.
The state party spokesman said, “The State Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party, Kaduna State, met today, Saturday, May 16, 2020, after preliminary hearing on party discipline and resolved to suspend the following for anti-party activities in line with the provision of the party constitution as provided in Section 57(3) 2017, as amended.
“That the said members stand suspended from the party from today, May 16, 2020 and will be expected to appear before the disciplinary committee on a date and time to be announced by the committee.
“The SWC further resolved that Col. Dauda Albehu Gora, is not a registered member of the PDP and therefore, he is an impersonator.
“The party has submitted his name to all security agencies to take note of his activities. We shall take necessary action against him should he continue with his activities against the PDP.”
Reacting to the suspension, Danjuma Bello Sarki, a former Deputy Director General, PDP Campaign Committee, Kaduna, for the 2019 general election, urged party members to put their house together ahead of 2023 elections.
Sarki stressed the need for absolute loyalty from party members to root out the All Progressives Congress-led government in 2023.