Plateau PDP crisis deepens: Caretaker committee members expel rivals
•They are wallowing in ignorance ―Expelled chairman
The crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Plateau State took another dimension on Thursday with the expulsion of the seven-man rival caretaker committee led by Nandom Exodus, just as the latter dismissed the expulsion saying they were ignorant of the working of the party.
It would be recalled that PDP in Plateau State has been enmeshed in crisis following the appointment of a Caretaker Committee by the National Secretariat of the party to stir affairs of the party for the next three months.
This, however, did not go down well with a cross-section of the party members who formed a parallel caretaker committee on the premise that those appointed as caretakers, led by Mr Yakubu Chocho, were former state executives whose tenure had since elapsed and were also interested in contesting state congress election.
According to the statement signed by the head of media to the caretaker committee, Mr John Akans, made available to Nigerian Tribune, said seven members of the parallel committee were expelled at its emergency meeting held on Thursday.
It posited that after its preliminary hearing of a disciplinary committee’s report on gross misconduct and anti-party activities against the seven executive members of the rival caretaker committee, they were expelled in line with the recommendations of the disciplinary committee report.
Those said to be expelled are chairman of the caretaker committee, Nandom Penap, Exodus, Godwin W Bedir, Akims Mamot James, Mrs Asabe Dareng, Nathaniel Dakas, Jecob Dashed and Alhaji Kabiru Musa.
Apparently reacting to their expulsion, Exodus said the caretaker committee led by Mr Yakubu Chocho acted in ignorance and lacked the knowledge of the working of a political party like the PDP.
“They are confused, they are wallowing in ignorance because they lack the knowledge of how a party like PDP is being run. We are not bothered about the suspension because it cannot stand, it is illegal. They are simply making a caricature of themselves.
“I wonder how illegal group not recognize by the party and which their tenure had since elapsed will still have the gut to be parading themselves as caretaker Committee. The letter given to them is fake and not duly signed by appropriate person saddled with such responsibility at the National Secretariat,” he said.
He further explained that his committee will go ahead with his work until the National Secretariat said otherwise.
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