PDP Ward Congress in Kano suffers setbacks

Tukur Garba Arab, Kano

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The Kano state chapter of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has engulfed into yet another crisis as Senator Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso and Ambassador Aminu Wali factions are now at logger head over the party’s Ward Congress in the State.

Kwankwaso’s faction went ahead to hold the Ward Congress across the 484 Wards in the state on Tuesday, while Aminu Wali faction disagreed with the Kwankwaso’s congress in its entirety, insisting that there is a Court Order directing all parties to maintain status quo.

The Court Order dated 17 March, 2020, with Suit No. K/149/2020 was given before Justice Aisha Ibrahim Mahmoud of a Kano state High Court.

The Order stated that, “upon reading the Motion Ex-parte dated 14th day of March, 2020 together with accompanying affidavit duly sworn to by the 1st plaintiff/Applicant of No. Kofar Mazugal, Kano, and after hearing N.A. Ayagi Esq. of Counsel for the Plaintiff/Applicant.

“It is hereby ordered that: an order is hereby made directing all parties to maintain status quo in respect of their positions as at 17th March, 2020, pending the hearing and determination of the Motion on Notice.

“An Order is hereby granted to serve the Court Order and other Originating processes at the first defendant’s Headquarters in Abuja outside the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court.”

The case was between Musa Ashiru, Adamu Yusuf and Kabiru Ibrahim who are the plaintiffs and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP);  Shehu Wada Shagagi ( chairman PDP Kano chapter Caretaker Committee); Muhamminu B. Lamido (Protem Chairman, PDP, Kano chapter); Chairman PDP Wards Congress Planning Committee, Kano State; Chairman Local Government Congress Planning Committee, Kano state; Chairman, PDP State Congress Committee, Kano state who are the defendants.

However, speaking to Reporters, the chairman of PDP Ward Congress Committee who is the Governor of Adamawa state, Alhaji Ahmad Fintiri said that the party has successfully conducted the 484 wards congress election across the 44 Local Government Areas of the state.

Fintiri described the party ward congress as successful and transparent, adding that, “we are here in Kano with five members delegation by the National Working Committee of PDP to come and conduct ward congresses of the party for the 44 Local Government Areas in the 484 wards in the state. 

“We are here since Monday to initiate the process as we commence the congress today Tuesday. 

”It was successful, peaceful and transparent, we went round four out of the seven local governments in the municipality, we witnessed for ourselves the high turnout of voters. 

“The enthusiasm exhibited by members of the PDP was encouraging and hitch-free and peaceful.”

Fintiri explained that the election has already been concluded, “right now, we are only waiting to collate results and transmit it to the National Headquarters of the party.

“I am not aware of any faction. It is one-line party in Kano state; and we have one leadership that has been recognized by the National Working Committee.”

Speaking to journalists after the election, Alh Wada Masu who is a member from Aminu Wali faction said:

“We are not party to the so called election and we’ll challenge the outcome in court, as our legal team are warming up for that”

Nnenna.O

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