Secondus’ delegation fails to save suspended Plateau PDP chairman

Theophilus Dakashan-led delegation sent by the national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Uche Secondus, on Tuesday, failed to save the suspended chairman of Plateau chapter of the party, Chief Damishi Sango.

The 16-member state exco of the party had, last week, suspended Sango and his deputy, Mr Amos Gombi, for alleged disrespect to elders, sidelining members of the exco and misappropriation of campaign funds, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported.

Vice chairman, Plateau North Senatorial District, Mr Chris Hassan, was nominated to act as chairman of the party in the state, pending the determination of the allegations raised against Sango.

Secondus had, on Monday, sent a five-man committee to Jos, the Plateau State capital, to intervene in the recent crisis that engulfed in the party in the state.

NAN reported that the delegation which arrived in the state, on Monday, was unsuccessful in its efforts to reverse the suspension of Sango and his deputy.

A reliable party source told NAN that the meeting which began around 3:00 p.m. ended around 7:00 p.m.

The source also disclosed that the committee communicated the concern and disposition of the party’s national headquarters over the crisis brewing in the state chapter of the party.

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The source said the state exco bluntly told the delegation to allow it do the needful in order to complete its job “even though we have our due respect for our national chairman.

“We told the delegation that they should allow the seven-man committee of the state executive council committee set up on Monday to investigate Sango, and whatever the outcome of its investigation should be fully implemented,’’ Shiknuhul said.

Shiknugul disclosed further that the delegation relayed Secondus’ message to the state chapter, which called on members to sheathe their swords and let peace reign.

“But the executive council committee said no to anything that will stop the seven-man committee it set up to investigate Sango over all the allegations levelled against him.

“If at the end of the investigation our suspended chairman is found wanting, he might go six months or a year suspension, or at worst, be removed as chairman of the party as stipulated by our party’s constitution.

“Again, if Sango is not found guilty of all the allegations, of course, the suspension will be lifted for normalcy to return to the state chapter of the party,’’ Shiknuhul said.