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Published On: Tue, Nov 7th, 2017

Protests mar Adamawa PDP state congress

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From Umar Dankano, Yola

Ahead of the proposed National Convention of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) next month, the Adamawa State Chapter of the party has elected its state executive officials which will run the affairs of the party for four years amidst protests by aggrieved members.
Inaugurating the newly elected officials, National Vice Chairman of the party in the North-East, Emmanuel Njiwah, assured that the officials would correct the errors made in the past.
Njiwah urged the newly elected officials to integrate the ideas of those that lost the elections to move the party forward; adding that certificate of return would be issued to the officials in two weeks time.
Those elected included: Barrister A.T. Shehu as the state chairman of the party, Timothy Audu Vimtim, (Deputy Chairman) and Hon. Abdullahi Adamu Prambe as (Secretary General) of the party.
The election which was conducted at Lamido Cinema, Yola yesterday saw the emergence of Ahmadu N.Bazway as (Treasurer), while Hamza Bello was elected to the position of (Organizing Secretary) and Capt. Altine Inuwa (Rtd), (Woman leader) of the party.
Hamidu Sajoh Lekki won the state congress election as (Youth leader), Mohammed Inuwa Bassi was elected as (Financial Secretary), while office of the (Auditor) was won by Salihu Kabilo.
Other officials included Sam Adiga Zadock (Publicity Secretary), Nicklos Walter, as Legal Adviser.
Alhaji Yayaji Audu Gombi (Vice Chairman Central), Adamu Waziri Pakka (Vice Chairman North), Leasado Samuel Milson (Vice Chairman South), Hon Ayuba Teri (Assistant Secretary North).
The congress election also announced Ngete Buba Audu as winner for the position of Assistant Treasurer of the party.
In his acceptance speech, the new chairman enjoined members of the party to work towards restoration of the party’s lost glory in the state.
It could be recalled that a chieftain and governorship aspirant, Umar Ardo, had accused the former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, of conniving with the National Chairman, Ahmad Makarfi to hijack the party in the state.
PDP in Adamawa had resolved to boycott Saturday’s state congress elections in compliance to Federal High Court Abuja order, restraining the caretaker committee of the party from conducting the congress.
Also protesting the said state congress, former political Adviser to Former President Goodluck Jonathan, Barrister Ali Ahmad Gulak, said the congress held in the state was “illegal and act of impunity “which cannot stand.
Making his position public in an interview with journalists in Yola, after stakeholders meeting, Gulak stated that conducting such congress despite court order was unfortunate and condemnable.
Gulak added that the Dissolution of Abdurahaman Bobboi led state Executive council in August by Ahmed Makarfi caretaker committee at the National level was illegal and being challenged in a court where an injunction order restraining the party from any action including congresses was already issued.
According to him, “This is impunity. Adamawa PDP Executive, under Abdurahaman Bobboi chairmanship was illegally dissolved against the spirit and interest of our party’s constitution. We are not going to be part of illegality and as such, we will not participate nor encourage our members to participate in something we consider illegal.
“Our party and people need to salvage and rescue our great party. Our meeting today is a rescue mission where we discussed the way forward. We urge our people to wait a bit, tarry a while as we hear from the court”, Gulak said.

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