10 January 2013

The secretariat of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Adamawa state has been taken over by the police following the dissolution of the EXCO produced by the congress of January 8th and re-instatement of the sacked EXCO led by Alhaji Umaru Kugama.

State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Ibrahim Muhammad said “the police took the decision when they learnt of a plan to attack the secretariat”.

While the interim committee sent by the national headquarters of the party had conducted an election and announced new leaders of the party in the state on Tuesday, the deputy national chairman of the party announced the reversal of the earlier dissolution of the state executive council led by Umaru Kugama.

In the election conducted by the interim committee, former state chairman of the party in the state, Chief Joel Hamman Joda Madaki, emerged as the new chairman while Barrister Tahir Shehu was elected as secretary.

Madaki was unanimously elected by consensus, after the vacation of an earlier injunction slammed on the state caretaker committee of the PDP led by Ambassador Umaru Damagum.

Other members of the new executive committee include Mr Japhet Kefas, former commissioner in Governor Nyako government Seth Crowther and Sam Zadok. Captain Altine Bello was elected women leader.

Former minister of state for health, Aliyu Idi Hong, who announced the results, said “the 29 executive seats of the party were allotted according to senatorial districts, and each zone got a key working committee member”.

However, few hours after the election, the deputy national chairman of the party, Dr Sam Sam Jaja, and national secretary, Olagunsoye Oyinlola, issued a joint statement dissociating the party from the election.

They said that the election was neither authorized by the NWC nor monitored by the National Secretariat, saying “in the history of the PDP only the National Secretariat of the PDP conducts state congresses”.

They announced the restoration of the dissolved Umaru Kugama-led state executive committee.

The Kugama executive committee is backed by Governor Murtala Nyako while the newly elected executive committee led by Chief Joel Madaki is backed by the national chairman of the party Alhaji Bamanga Tukur.

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