By: Valentine Adese (JP),
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Plateau State chapter has continued to be mashed in various internal and local issues more than any other opposition political party operating in the state in recent time, owing to distrust and betrayal that have characterized the chapter and allegedly caused by the activities of snitchers, who themselves are members and rip-offs.
The Plateau State chapter of the PDP, if you may recall, is already rocking hard, owing to its intra-conflict centered on leadership tussle that has given birth to divided loyalty among members.
Conflicting information are constantly been received by the media concerning the operation of the chapter, owing to the pendency of the face-off.
You would recall that the prosecution of the 2019 general election and its outcome had led to finger pointing, accusations and counter accusations, among the PDP state leadership and members. This is to the extent that, Chairman Sango was placed on suspension at a time and an Acting Chairman, Hon. Chris Hassan emerged.
What is worrisome at this stage is that, the financial crunch hitting the country and the failing state of the Nigerian Economy is further creating a condemnable behaviour among the members.
Apart from alleged financial rip-offs, abandoning assignments, snitchers have forced the party to continue to fail in its projected plans since the commencement of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Rescue and Next level Administration, led by Rt. Hon. Simon Bako Lalong, as Governor of the state.
In the course of the prosecution of the various petitions instituted by non-satisfied candidates of the PDP in the 2019 elections, the party and its leadership (EXCO) at the state level, were mere spectators and operated as onlookers at the Tribunal throughout the life of the National and State Houses and Governorship Election Tribunals that sat in the state.
Although the petitions bore the names of the petitioners with PDP as the 2nd Petitioner, the financial burden, calling of witnesses, financing them and the settlement of the fees of the Counsels involve, were basically made the responsibilities of the candidates.
Sadly also, the snitchers never allowed the prosecution of the petitions to go smoothly as planned, as at each point when a legal strategy is being planned, it becomes no news to the Respondents, as they seem to have been adequately informed of the approach by their insider within the PDP.
No wonder, there is high secrecy, as the Counsels make moves to challenge most of the various judgments delivered by the lower Tribunal, especially, those of Sen. Jeremiah Useni, and Hon. Timothy Golu, challenging the victories of Governor Lalong and Hon. Yusuf Gagdi respectively.
The media was even confused earlier in their investigations on the issue of the appeals, as the information that was hitting their various news desks, was that the candidates have abandoned their rights to appeal. Only to be shocked when press releases finally hit their news desks few days ago that, the PDP candidates have actually filed their Notice of Appeals concerning most of the judgments, on the very last day allowed by Law to file such appeal.
The relationship between the leadership of the state chapter of the PDP is also worst hit, as the EXCO members decide what is news and when to bring it to the notice of the media practitioners in the state.
Furthermore, the credit approach of the media department of the chapter and the failing of their promise to pay has caused a huge distrust, that has continue to make the media and its practitioner to look the other way for some times now.
More worrisome, is the distance and gap that is being created by most of the chapter members currently elected to political positions/offices, at the State and National levels, from the Economic and Financial Crime Commission’s case against the immediate past governor of the state and former Senator, who represented the good people of Plateau North Senatorial District at the upper chambers of the National Assembly, Sen. Jonah David Jang, being prosecuted at the Plateau State High Court, Jos.
Findings further reveals that, the PDP has continued to drag itself further down the political ladder in the state, owing to tribal, ethnic and other factors fueled by sentiments.
Pundits have opined that, if these behaviours are not amended and reversed, the PDP may soon see its last days in the political stage of Plateau State.