By: Valentine Adese (JP), Eunice Maina and Musa Gabriel,

The story concerning the leadership squabbles in Plateau State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), seem to have nosedived, as the youths in the party have gotten themselves involved.

The youths in a communication to the Nandom led, self-styled Caretaker Committee, are demanding to see the letters of appointment of each of the 7-man committee been led by Hon. Nandom pyennap.

The also want attached to the letter the signatories of the alleged Stakeholders that signed the communication alleged by Hon. Nandom in a Rhythm 93.7 FM political program, Viewpoint, aired live last Saturday and anchored by Journalist Samson Omale.

The youths have also warned in their communication made available to REALITY that, the Nandom led team should stay away from the leadership of Hon. Gwott Chocho, “if they cannot present the letter(s) to them, the chapter members and to the larger public which had monitored the program.”

“For now, we are with Hon. Gwott, until proven contrary.” They stated.

You would recall that REALITY had reported that, the Caretaker Committee loyal to Sen. (Gen) Jeremiah T. Useni, in the Plateau State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chaired by Hon. Nandom Pyennap, was constituted by Stakeholders of the party. Nandom told the people of Plateau State on Saturday.

Nandom Pyennap, made this disclosure in a Rhythm 93.7 FM political program, Viewpoint, anchored by Samson Omale and monitored in Jos by REALITY Newspaper.

Nandom Pyennap, a former Chairman of Langtang North LGA and a former Member of the Plateau State House of Assembly, disclosed that, the Hon. Gwott Chocho EXCO term elapsed on the 10th of May, 2020 and that the Constitution of the party provides for a Caretaker Committee as a stopgap between the end of the tenure and when elections would be conducted to fill the vacant seats at the State level.

Hence the stakeholders in the party took a decision and appointed them as Caretaker Committee members. He said they are seven and he emerged as the Chairman.

He said the letter been paraded by the Chocho group as appointment letter, was purportedly written and instead of having a 7-man Caretaker Committee, they erroneously had 28, which is against the spirit and letters of the party’s Constitution.

Nandom, alleged that most of the 28 members of the Chocho led committee are candidates in the forthcoming State Congress. Adding that, “You cannot be a Judge in your own case. There must be a Caretaker to manage this. If they were sincere from the handling of the Wards and LG Congresses, members would say they have been fair, but this is not what they have shown. The issue is as bad as that! Names were just written from their homes and they have now published the lists as Wards and LG Executives.” This is sad!

On whether his committee has a letter from the National office confirming his leadership, Nandom Pyennap, in his answer said, “Clearly, there is no letter from the National Headquarters to us, but there is a letter from the stakeholders of the party at the state level to the National office, informing them that, a Caretaker Committee has being constituted. You must know that, power is at the hands of the people and they made up the party.

“It is now left for the National Secretariat to settle this dispute. It is also a fact that, you do not need a letter to fight an injustice!”

Although Hon. Nandom refused to mention some names of these stakeholders that, approved and issued them their letters, he said, “Board of Trustee members like me are good stakeholders.”

Nandom said the PDP would continue to be one, as moves are still on to settle the dispute.

In his explanation on the program he said, “We have been trying to reach out to the Chocho led group in the chapter. When we started talking to them, they began to use derogative words and statements on us. We all love the party and we all must make it work! Any conscious person in the party must know that processes adopted by the past EXCO, led by Chocho were wrong. This is because of greed and sentiments have beclouded their senses of reasoning.

“They suspended us illegally and we suspended all of them too! This is because, Akans lacks the power to speak on behalf of the party constitutionally. The doctrine of Necessity cited by them and invoked during late Yaradua’s death, is different from the issue here.

“The Nigerian Constitution is supreme and it also provides for a 7-man Caretaker committee, but this one on the Plateau is too much and illegal.”

On whether his group is being sponsored to rebel in the chapter, Nandom told Samson Omale, the people of Plateau and specifically the chapter’s members that, “Not at all!’

He explained that, the press conference they held at Sen. Useni’s office was prompted, when the Senator wrote a letter to the Police that, none of the disputing groups should be allowed access into the party’s secretariat because, “He Useni, pays the rent. Like I said earlier, injustice can give rise to anything!”

More also REALITY had reported that, efforts by some allegedly defeated candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the just concluded Wards and Local Government Congresses, allegedly loyal to, Sen. (Gen) Jeremiah T. Usieni, in the chapter and across the 17 Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Plateau State, to stopped the newly elected Wards and LGs’ of the Party Executives in the State, from operating and performing their legitimate activities has suffered a great setback last week, as the Plateau State High Court, sitting in Jos, the state capital has refused to grant the Plaintiffs’ prayers for any interim injunction in the matter before the court.

The Plaintiffs, Hon. Ajik Afan and 8 others who have approached the State High Court by way of an Originating Summons, armed with a Motion exparte, dated, 8/5/2020, deposed to by one Dauda Danparime, supported with a 55 paragraph Affidavit and a written address, had prayed the court for the following:-

  1. An order of Interim Injunction, restraining the 16th, 17th and 18th defendants, by themselves, their privies, servants, assign and or any other person acting through them from embarking on any step in an attempt to conduct the PDP party State Congress in Plateau State, pending the determination of the Originating Summons.
  2. An Order of Interim Injunction, restraining the 1st-15th defendants from parading themselves as the newly inaugurated Local Government (LG) Executives (EXCOs). Pending the determination of the Origination Summons.
  3. An Order of Interim Injunction directing all parties in the suit to maintain status quo antebellum, pending the hearing and determination of the Originating Summons.
  4. An Order granting leave to the Plaintiffs/Applicants, to issue and endorse the Originating Summons and all other processes to serve on the 19th defendant outside the jurisdiction of the Court to wit; from Jos, Plateau State to Abuja (FCT).
  5. An Order granting leave to the Plaintiffs/Applicants, to serve the Originating Summons and all other Court processes and processes of this Court on the 1st to 15th defendants through substituted means, to wit; by pasting at the LG party secretariat,       and the16st, 17th, and 18th defendants at the state party’s secretariat along, Yakubu Gowon Way Jos.

After hearing, A. G. Yirvoms (Esq) with S. D. Maren (Esq) for the Plaintiffs/Applicants, the Plateau State High Court, presided over by Hon. Justice, S, B, Gang, in its ruling delivered on the 28th of May, 2020, rejected and refused to grant the Plaintiff’s prayers a, b, and c, but granted prayers, d and e, concerning leave to serve outside jurisdiction and substituted means.

The Court has also adjourned hearing of the case to 30th day of June, 2020.

Reacting concerning the ruling, the Caretaker Committee led by Hon. Yakubu Chocho and a group in the chapter under the aegis of Concerned Plateau State PDP Youths have called for calm.

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