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Borno PDP crisis deepens, as party executives trade suspension claims

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AHMED MARI, Maiduguri

The crisis rocking the Borno chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)  has deepened as party executives trade suspension and counter suspension claims.

It would be recalled that on Thursday, last week seven members of the State Working Committee (SWC)claimed to have suspended the embattled Chairman, Hon. ZannahGaddana on the ground of misappropriation of fund and non- convening of meeting.

But the crisis took a dramatic turn Sunday with the announced suspension and replacement of  six out of seven members of the SWC that partook  in the suspension of the embattled Chairman, Alhaji ZannahGaddana.

Addressing newsmen at the end of an Extraordinary  Emergency meeting which held at the party secretariat, Maiduguri yesterday, the State publicity secretary, Amos Adziba  said “ladies and gentlemen of the press today being the 3rd day of July 2022 the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP held an Extraordinary Meeting under the distinguished chairmanship of Alhaji ZannaGaddanaMustaphaBorno state chairman and have resolved to clear the air of a purported and unlawful gathering by some group of suspended party officials in an attempt to cause confusion, disunity and disaffection and possible breakdown of law and order recall that they were some social media.”

Adzibas aid the six members of the executives were accused of summoning unauthorized meeting that led to the suspension of the party Chairman, Alh. Zanna Gaddana Mustapha, without recourse to relevant sections of the party’s constitution.

“As we approach elections, the party cannot afford to allow people and some fifth columnist to undermine the success of the party in the next coming general election, any right thinking member of any political party will ensure unity at this crucial time”, publicity Secretary stated.

He said the meeting which was summoned by the state secretary on the directives of the state chairman had in attendance the State Chairman, State Secretary, members of the State Working and Executive Committee,  the 27 Local Governments chairmen, Party flag bearers, stakeholders supporters and other members  of the party among others in accordance with sections 35 and 36 of our party’s constitution.

The affected executives who were suspended and replaced, according to Adzha include, AlhajiBunu AG Satomi, the State legal adviser, Barr Abdu Jidda, Barr Ali Azur, Hon Kaka Shettima, Abba GanaKalumi ,Mohammed Bukar andMallamUmar Abubakar Shani .

He said “the decision were reached after an extensive discussion at the meeting, six out of the party executive officials have gross violations, misconduct,  and a lot of illegalities of the party constitution by breaching the provision of section 36 (1)  (a) and (b) of the party constitution which gives power to the only State secretary of party as a chief executive officer to call for a meeting and also Section 35 (1) (a) & (d) that gives power to the chairman to summon and preside over a meeting.

“Apart from this two categories of people, nobody is entitled to summon a meeting and suspend a party official. In addition, the party observed that the six executives of the party had formed a forum to commit a serious offence as stated by the provision of Section 58 (1) (a, b, c, d, f,g,h,I,j,k of the party constitution.”.

The party urged the general public to disregard any information that does not emanate  from the State publicity secretary or his assistant as the party will not hesitate to initiate or institute legal action against those spreading news that will tarnish the image or may cause disharmony within the party and called on the party  supporters to  remain calm and be law abiding citizens as this decision were not taken based on ignorance or prejudice but in accordance with the constitution of the party as we are bent on ensuring the party remains in  good shape.

Meanwhile, as at time of filing in this report the embattled party chairman who was literarily smuggled into the secretariat was having a meeting under tight security.

But when journalists tried to enter the party’s premises for a briefing, the aggrieved youths advised them to leave immediately as they would guarantee their safety

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