leadership crisis rocking the opposition Peoples Democratic Party
(PDP), at the national level have started manifesting in Benue State
where a parallel State Executive Committee of the party was yesterday
national chairman of the party Sen Ali Modu Sheriff was represented at
the occasion which was held at the Makurdi residence of former military
governor of Katsina State Senator Joseph Akaagerger, by the chairman of
PDP Elders Forum in the state Chief Abu King Shuluwa.
Shuluwa told party faithful that the inauguration of the new state Exco
followed the conduct of primaries by the faction beginning from the
ward and local government levels saying the Congresses it conducted were
in line with the laid-down procedure of electing party officials as
enshrined in the party’s constitution.
elder statesman who took a swipe at the emergence of the Hon John
Ngbede led Exco of the party in the state for not following due process
as it regarded zoning of offices said it was most unfortunate the
situation whereby people were handpicked and foisted on party members as
their leaders without recourse to zoning.
to Shuluwa, “What happened the other time cannot be said to be
Congresses. People were just handpicked without looking at the zoning
formula. For instance, the position of State Secretary which ought not
to have remained in Zone A was still foisted on the people just as that
of Deputy Chairman which ordinarily ought to have moved to another Zone.
You dont have third terms in Party Executives and that is why we
concerned and genuine members of the party have taken up the challenge
by ensuring the enthronement of a genuine party leadership as
exemplified by what you just witnessed today.”
charged the newly inaugurated State Exco Members to go back to the
grassroots with a message of fair play in the party with the offer of
constructive and objective criticism on issues of governance.
speaking at the event, The Deputy National Woman Leader of the Party
Mrs. Hannatu Ullam, assured the new Exco of support from National
Working Committee of the party and charged them to rededicate
themselves towards reconciling aggrieved members as well as
repositioning the party for victory in subsequent elections.
inaugurated were; Hon Dan Ale, State Chairman, Andrew Pila,. Deputy
Chairman, Orlalu Sambe, Vice Chairman, Paul Obaike, Vice Chairman,
Orshio Kumeh State Secretary , Marce Banka, Ass State Sec and Yusuf Mudi
as State Treasurer.
were; Owicho Mike Sunday, State Ass Treasurer, Augustine Ogbu Fin Sec,
Pius Nyager PRO 1, Francis Onuh, PRO 2, Joshua Mbakuuv Auditor, Akaa
liam, State Youth Leader, Susan Emaikwu, State Woman Leader, Bar Edward
Ikyoive, Ass Org Sec, Inalegwu Jacobs, Ass Org Sec, Ogbaji Aduma Ass
Org Sec, Bem Nyitor Ass Org Sec, while Douglas Okpenge and Ode Onum
are Ex Officios 1 and 2 respectively.
his inaugural speech, the new state chairman of the party, Hon. Dan
Ale, thanked members for the opportunity given them and promised the
reconciliation of aggrieved members as well as working for the growth of