PDP dissolves Adamawa Exco; warns presidency, lawmakers

The Peoples Democratic Party

The party said its elected and appointed members have brought it to disrepute.

The crisis rocking the Adamawa State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, continued on Wednesday as the party’s headquarters dissolved its Adamawa Chapter.

In a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, the PDP said a Caretaker Committee has been set up to manage the affairs of the Party in the State pending further directives.

The PDP said its National Working Committee exercised “Article 31, Section 2(e) and 29, 2 (b) of the 2012 amended constitution of our Party,” for the dissolution after “repeated breaches of the constitution by the Adamawa State Chapter.”

The article relied upon by the party’s leadership states that “where necessary, dissolve a State Executive Committee and appoint a caretaker committee to run the Party until another Executive Committee is elected, provided that the period from the dissolution to the election of the new Executive shall not to exceed 3 months.”

The ruling party said the “Adamawa Executive Committee had flagrantly disregarded and shown serial disobedience to the decisions of the NWC.”

They were disobedient

Some of the matters for which the Adamawa PDP leadership was dissolved were its insistence to continue local government elections in the state.

“The dissolved Exco was expressly advised by the National Working Committee (NWC) to halt further steps towards the conduct of Local Government Elections as agreed at a meeting of 9th October, 2012 between the NWC and the Adamawa State Working Committee,” Mr. Metuh said.

“However, the EXCO did not only go ahead with the process, it submitted a list of candidates to the State Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) without the approval of the NWC.”

The party said that action by the state leadership was “contrary to the provisions of section 50(1) of the Constitution of the Party which among others states emphatically that the National Executive Committee which the NWC acts on behalf of in this respect, is the final authority for the formulation of guidelines and regulations for the nomination of Candidates for election into public offices at all levels and conveying same to INEC or any other authority to whom it may concern.”

Another reason, for which the Adamawa PDP was dissolved, according to the national leadership of the party, is the failure of the state chapter to address the issue of zoning of elective positions.

“The NWC also referred to complaints and petitions from principal stakeholders of the Party in Adamawa State on various unconstitutional acts of the dissolved State EXCO, especially the principle of zoning as enshrined in Article 7(3) (e) of the party constitution as well as several letters from INEC complaining of non compliance with relevant laws in the conduct of the Adamawa State Congresses.”

The PDP leadership claimed that “all entreaties to get the Adamawa State Working Committee to rescind and, or reverse these constitutional breaches proved abortive, hence its decision.”

It asked all members of the party in Adamawa State to remain calm and await further directives.

The 9-member caretaker committee appointed by the party is headed by Umar Damagun, from Yobe State.

The Adamawa PDP crisis is seen as a continuation of the supremacy battle between the party’s national chairman, Bamanga Tukur- from Adamawa State- and the state governor, Murtala Nyako. Mr. Nyako is one of the PDP governors who did not support Mr. Tukur’s ambition to be the party chairman.

Warning to presidency, lawmakers

In what seems a veiled warning to lawmakers and aides of President Goodluck Jonathan over their public spat, the PDP leadership said it frowns at “the disagreeable trend where members of the Party elected and appointed into federal positions engage in utterances and actions that portray the PDP in bad light and as having no unity of purpose.”

The party said it will “invoke the full weight of its disciplinary measures on any erring member who further brings the Party to disrepute.”

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