Crisis brews in Niger PDP
…Ex-governor, Secondus accused of manipulation
From Isa Dangana, Minna
A major political crisis is brewing in the Niger State chapter of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as prominent stakeholders of the party have vowed to resist attempt by former Governor, Alhaji Muazu Babangida Aliyu and the party’s national chairman, Mr. Uche Secondus to manipulate and install an unpopular candidate as state chairman.
The party big wigs, who were led by former deputy governor, Dr. Shem Zagbayi Nuhu, accused the former governor of plans to destroy the party in order to perfect his plan to cross carpet to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Dr. Nuhu, who was reacting to plans by the national chairman of the party to illegally reopen the sale of forms four months after the closure of the exercise and inauguration of ward executives across the state, described it as a deliberate act to orchestrate crisis in the state.
The former deputy governor and one time Senator, along with the state former First Lady and Senator, Hajiya Zainab Kure; former Minister of State Foreign Affairs, Alhaji Abubakar Tanko; the PDP Niger East Senatorial District candidate in 2019, Barr. Ibrahim Ishaku (SAN); the PDP deputy governorship candidate in 2019 elections, Barr. Muhammad Kudu Ndayako and the Secretary to the State Government during Governor Babangida Aliyu’s administration, Saidu Ndako Kpaki, noted that the ploy to create an artificial crisis in the state chapter is aimed at weakening the party and strengthening the APC ahead of the 2023 elections.
Speaking at an impromptu briefing, the aggrieved stakeholders came hard on the national chairman of the main opposition party, Mr. Secondus who has unknowingly played into those they described as enemies of the party in the state.
According to them, all the major stakeholders in the state decided to formally write to the national secretariat when they discovered the danger that was brewing in the state chapter, but unfortunately their letters were not treated.
“The national chairman of our great party should retrace his step before he destroys the party in Niger State. We wrote him a letter cataloguing our problems first on the 7th of May and 1st of July but he never acknowledged them and refused to see us.
“Let it be known today that our chairman should not act naïve. People that we know that worked against us after we held sway for 16 years in Niger State and led us into opposition are the ones planning to impose candidate on the party to destroy it completely now,” the stakeholders explained.
The former deputy governor noted that former Governor Aliyu, as the a leader of the party in the state, presided over a meeting where major decisions regarding how various offices were to be zoned in the forthcoming congresses but, sadly made a turn around and started promoting another candidate for the state chairmanship position after endorsing the form of Barr. Tanko Beji.
“We are so disappointed with the former Governor Aliyu. As a former governor, we deferred to him, but he has let everybody, including himself down,” he stated.
“How can you endorse and sign the nomination form of someone and turn around after the close of nominations four months after and start sponsoring another candidate?” Dr. Nuhu asked.
Dr. Nuhu also accused the former governor of sowing seed of discord in the state PDP as 22 out of the 25 local government area chapters of the party had before now agreed on consensus by returning the local government executives unopposed.
He lamented: “But overnight the agreement has broken down in six local government areas as some individuals have emerged to challenge the consensus agreement.”
“The question now begging for answer is, after the sale of forms had expired four months ago, how did they obtain their so-called forms and who authorized it?” He queried.
The group however assured that they may seek the help of former military president, General Ibrahim Babangida if all effort by them to ensure a free and creditable local government congress slated for tomorrow and state congress slated for Wednesday fails.
“We will not entertain any shift in the local government and state congress as it has been canvassed by some enemies of the party,” they assured.