Plateau PDP crisis worsens amidst forgery allegations

Mr. Dabin was suspended in May.

Uncertainty has gripped the PDP in Plateau over the confusion trailing the suspension of its Chairman, Haruna Dabin.

Mr. Dabin was suspended for two weeks from office in May at a PDP Stakeholders’ executive meeting over allegation that bordered on financial mismanagement.

He was also accused of running a one-man show and refusal to convene congress sessions for several years.

A committee was set up to investigate him and report back within the period.

Mr. Dabin, who before his suspension had declared his intention to contest the governorship election, was replaced in an acting capacity by his deputy, Raymond Dabo.

The former chairman had dismissed the suspension, claiming the purported meeting where the action was taken was illegal since he was the only officer empowered to convene such a meeting.

After several extensions of the suspension period and with the PDP office still run by the acting chairman, Mr. Dabin brought a letter purportedly written to him by PDP National Secretary, Wale Oladipo, in which the party headquarters claimed it was not aware of his suspension.

The letter, dated July 9, referred to the main issue that led to Mr. Dabin’s suspension.

It cited Article 57, Section 7 of the PDP constitution, which allowed Mr. Dabin to remain in his position even after declaring his intention to seek the PDP ticket to contest the governorship election in 2015.

Under the section, Mr. Dabin could hold on to the chairmanship position till such a time as stipulated by the party’s guidelines for the conduct of primaries for the governorship seat.

The guidelines are still being awaited.

However, shortly before Mr. Dabin produced the letter, the state executive council of the party met and passed a vote of no confidence on him.

Armed with that letter from the national headquarters, Mr. Dabin attempted to force his way into his office on July 14, but was denied entry by police officers who claimed they were acting on orders.

The controversy took a fresh dimension on July 10, when another letter, purportedly written by Mr. Dabin, claimed that he had resigned his position as chairman.

In the letter addressed to the PDP headquarters, Mr. Dabin claimed he resigned “to make room for greater harmony in the party.”

“In view of my desire to contest the governorship election, I hereby give notice of my resignation in line with Section 47, sub-section 5, of the party’s constitution with effect from July 14,” the letter said.

The letter only worsened the confusion as Mr. Dabin denied writing it and accused those who suspended him of forging his signature.

Also, the acting chairman of the party declared that the letter purportedly written by the party’s national headquarters was also a fake.

“The officials of the party have claimed that the letter from the national headquarters is fake; they have equally claimed that they could not act on it even if it was not fake because it was addressed to someone they claimed to have suspended,” Mr. Dabin said in Jos on Thursday.

At the PDP state office in Jos on Thursday, security men at the gate told visitors they had been instructed to guard the place against “intruders.”

Mr. Dabin said that the headquarters would soon intervene on the matter.

However, a source at the party’s office claimed that Mr. Dabo, the acting chairman, might soon be confirmed as substantive chairman of the party after stakeholders claimed that Mr. Dabin may not provide a level playing field for governorship aspirants since he was also a contestant.


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