By; BUHARI B. BELLO, Jos
The leadership crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Plateau State chapter, has deepened with the call by a PDP Concerned Unity Group, on Chris Hassan to vacate the secretariat of the party and allow former Minister for Youth and Sports, Hon Damishi Sango-led leadership to spearhead the state chapter by a Friday deadline.
Spokesman of the group, Hon Dakas Nathaniel Dakas in an interview with our correspondent at the party’s secretariat on Tuesday urged the aggrieved parties to lay down their differences and give peace a chance to reign.
He said as concerned members, the unity group is not interested in the lingering crisis brewing within the members of the party but wants to ensure that no one is benefitting from what it called “ illegality with what is happening to the party in the state now”.
“We condemn some group of party faithful who refused to follow the due process in addressing the crisis but warn those who are illegally occupying the secretariat to urgently leave the environment before Friday.”
Dakas reiterated that the Chairman, Hon Damishi Sango should be allowed to hold say at the secretariat until the determination of investigation of allegations against his exco by the national working community of PDP
The leadership tussle is threatening the soul of the Plateau State Chapter of the local PDP is apparently creating tense moments within the party and to a large extend the entire state, if not properly handled, as it is still has strong followership in the state.
The incumbent Governor, Simon Lalong won the last poll with over 20 000 votes margin as both parties polled over half a million votes each.
The impending threat is not far from the sacking of the Damishi Sango leadership and his Deputy, Amos Gombi over allegations of corruption and misappropriation of party funds, and the subsequently appointment of the former Vice Chairman, (North) Hon. Chris Hassan to man the affairs of the party.
The new dimension is that, the Sango support group have viewed the sanction against his leadership as an affront to a constituted authority and as such sees it as a platform and a worthy cause to meet resistance.