The crisis in the Adamawa State chapter Peoples Democratic Party may be heading for the worst with the summoning of government officials perceived to be loyal to Governor Murtala Nyako, to appear before a disciplinary committee, over allegations of undertaking anti-party activities.
Already, the party structure in the state is torn down the line,m with a faction loyal to Governor Nyako and another faction loyal to the National chairman of the party, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur.
In a letter dated on June 7 and addressed to Alh. Mijinyawa Umaru Kugama, the factional chairman of the party loyal to Governor Nyako, he along with some members of the Nyako’s cabinet were asked to appear before the disciplinary committee of PDP to explain their roles in what was described as anti-party activities at the just concluded by-election at Nassarawo/Binye State constituency, held on May 11, 2013.
The letter which was signed by Barrister Mahmud A. Gurumpawo reads,“Invitation to appear before the disciplinary committee of PDP the committee wish to invite you to appear before it to answer allegations of anti-party activities you engaged yourself into. In line with the constitution of the PDP, you are kindly requested to appear and present your case before the committee as follows June 15, 2013, at 11.00 am prompt.
Accordingly, the disciplinary committee headed by Alhaji Jingi Rufai is mandated to try the state chairman of the party Alhaji Umar Mijinyawa Kugama and other government officials on allegation that they were involved in anti- party activities during the recent bye election for Majo Belwa state House of Assembly constituency in which the party won convincingly.
As at the time of filing this report yesterday, Nyako’s supporters accused the national chairman of the party to be the brain behind Madaki’s action in order to clip the governor’s wings ahead of 2015 polls due to irreconcilable difference between the two actors.
We gathered thatother stakeholders in the ststae who were summoned include Commissioners, Special Advisers, Council Chairmen and State Development Administrators. The factional chairman loyal to Nyako, Alhaji Mijinyawa Kugama in a
press release signed by his secretary Mr. P. P. Elisha, described Joel Madaki’s Committee as a group of impostors whom the party will take a legal action against.
According to him, Chief Joel Madaki and the Chairman of the Committee are Labour Party returnees who have been parading themselves as the leaders of the party in the state.
He however, challenged Madaki to tell Nigerians if any waiver has been given to him by the party authorities stressing that the actions of Madaki and his cohorts are criminal acts by the Nigerian constitution, citing Section (49) 4 of the party’s constitution, “No member of the party shall be qualified for nomination or election or appointment into any office of the party, unless he has been a registered member of the party for not less than 2 years and is of good financial standing in the party except there is waiver by the appropriate Executive Committee.
He explained that Madaki and others are not registered members stressing that the last membership validation exercise was approved by NWC of the party on 30th September, 2011 while Madaki and others were planning to retrace their steps.
Kugama further said Madaki has no knowledge of PDP constitution stressing that he is a member of National Executive Committee NEC that cannot be tried by anybody except NEC.
He explained that the provision of the party’s constitution pointed out that no Executive Committee at any level except the National Executive Committee shall entertain any question of discipline as may relate or concern a member of the National Executive Committee.
He however called on the government officials served with the invitation letter not to honour it stressing that he is the authentic leader of the party in the state. “Any party member served this frivolous letter should ignore it for the simple fact that the only recognized Executive Committee of our great party in the state is the one elected in 2012.
According to him, the Governor Sule Lamido Committee on Adamawa PDP crisis clearly stated that the National Working Committee did not authorise any congress to be held in Adamawa State in line with section 49-3 and 4.
Kugama lamented that it is unbecoming for an illegal group that sidelined the constitution of the party to turn around and cite the same instrument to justify its action if not that they are enjoying tacit support of highly placed national officers of the party to conduct their illegalities.