DESPITE HON. KAZE, HON. IZANG AND OTHERS’ BOYCOTT, PLATEAU STATE PDP’S STATE CONGRESS IS GOING ON SMOOTHLY

By: Valentine Adese (JP),

Despite the rejection and boycott of two Chairmanship Aspirants and their followers in the ongoing Plateau State chapter’s State Congress, the exercise is going on smoothly at Langfield in Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau State.

You would recall that REALITY had reported that, from the document available to this Newspaper, the number of Wards, from the 17 Local Government of the state to participate are 193, Statutory Delegates 157, Number of Ward EXCOS/ADHOC Delegates 1,544 and Number of LGA EXCOS, 288.

CARETAKER COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN

In their remarks to kick off the exercise, at Langfield, being the venue of the Congress, the Chairman of the reconstituted State Caretaker Committee, Senator Suleiman Adokwe and the Congress Committee from Abuja, have both expressed satisfaction with the out gone State Caretaker Committee’s briefing and the arrangements made to hold the Congress.

CONGRESS COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN

The Chairman, made this position of the Committee known, while welcoming the delegates to the venue at Langfield in order to kick start the screening and voting exercise.

Other members of the Committee present at the Congress with the Chairman were, Rt. Hon. Istifanus Mwansat, Hon. Monday Kassani, Hon. Emmanuel Loman, Hon. Ado Adere, Hon. Gregory Yenlong, Hon. Jacob Dashe and Hon. Shima Ayati (Secretary).

HON. MWANSAT AND HON. LOMA

It is on record that, the National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on behalf of the National Executive Committee (NEC), reconstitutes the State Caretaker Committee to pilot the affairs of the Plateau state chapter of the party.

The NWC also approved the expansion of the Niger State Caretaker Committee of the party.

The action of the NWC, which is pursuant to section 29 (2)(b) and 31(2)(e) of the PDP Constitution (2017 as amended) is consequent upon the dissolution of the Plateau State Caretaker Committee, on Wednesday, August 26, 2020 and expansion of the membership of the Niger State Caretaker Committee respectively.

The Plateau State Caretaker Committee is charged with the sole responsibility of running the affairs of the party in Plateau state until a new executive committee is elected, for a period not exceeding 90 days (3 months).

You would however recall that, Prof. Dimis Mai-Lafia had rejected the appointment extended to him to join the Committee by the party’s NWC.

It is no longer news that, Hon. Bitrus Kaze and Hon. Izang had rejected and called on their supporters to boycott the State Congress, in a press conference led by Barr Simon Jock yesterday.

The two Chairmanship and 38 other aspirants for other elective positions in their press conference, led by their Spokesman Barr Simon Jock, have disclosed that they would not participate in any undemocratic state congresses since they were yet to be screen by the National Congress Officials, who were appointed by the National Secretariat three days ago.

Mr. Jock in part said, “We are not going to be a party to the undemocratic state congresses. We are begging the National Working Committee to reverse its decision so as to avoid what happened in Zamfara State.

 

“We purchased our forms and we have not been screened how can we participates in such an undemocratic congress”.

Barr Jock, who is contesting for the Vice Chairman Northern Zone said they are aware that the screening committee came and screen some aspirants secretly in a Hotel in Jos, but never invited them after paying all that is require by the PDP constitution to participate in the Congresses.

“We are not aware of who is the Chairman and members of the State Congress Committee in the state”.

He said the new Caretaker Committee is given 90 days to conduct elections, but they are surprised that the election is to be held today.

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