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Monday, 19 November 2018

Fresh crisis hits Plateau PDP over Useni’s running mate

Fresh crisis hits Plateau PDP over Useni’s running mate

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THERE are indications that a fresh crisis is looming in the Plateau State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic  Party over the choice of the party’s deputy governorship candidate ahead of the 2019 general elections.

This is coming barely one week after the party held its state Executive Council   meeting in Jos where they   resolved to support Mr James Dalok as the running mate to their governorship candidate,  Jeremiah Useni.

A communiqué  by the party at the end of the meeting appealed to members “to forgive one another for the survival and progress of our dear state”.

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However, it was gathered that some leaders  of the party against  the process  leading   to Dalok’s emergence as Useni’s running mate  have allegedly been working behind the scenes to stop him.

Already, some of the  aggrieved party members, it was learnt,  had  petitioned the  PDP national headquarters in Abuja,  demanding Dalok’s  replacement.

It was also learnt that the petitioners  accused  the state  chairman of the party, Damishi Sango,  of manipulating the selection process, adding that the former sports minister  did not consult  stakeholders in Mangu Local Government Area which  the party had asked to  produce Useni’s running mate.

It was  learnt that a  former Secretary to the State Government, Prof Shedrack Best and four others  who were initially picked but eventually dropped for  Dalok were allegedly   behind the petition said to be causing tension in the party

Best,  who spoke with The PUNCH in Jos on Sunday, confirmed the development.

He said, ‘Yes, we have petitioned the national secretariat of our great party,  because the process of the deputy governorship’s selection was abused by the party’s leadership. The issue at hand is not so much for us to resolve but we are trying to draw the attention to the mismanagement of the process by  the leadership of the party.

“And we think that such an abuse of the process should not be allowed to go as if nothing went wrong. We thought that that interest of the party should be protected. We felt deceived to have taken part in a process that never was.

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 “We were meant to believe that there was a process that led to the emergence of the person he has adopted, whereas the party chairman has lured the whole thing into a non-democratic process, and because of that, many have been discouraged.”

But the   state Publicity Secretary of PDP, John Akans, said  the party was  not bothered  about  the petition.

He said,  “The deputy governorship is not a contest. The  governorship candidate  has the right to  select his running mate in consultation with party,  which he has done.”

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