By Ibrahim Shuaibu
A major leadership crisis is rocking the Kano State chapter of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) following the emergence of two factions, each challenging the legitimacy of the other.
One of the factions is headed by Alhaji Adamu Aliyu Sumaila while the second, is the Garkuwa group, headed by a former senator, Alhaji Aminu Inuwa, is claiming that it had formed a state committee of concerned members to look into the affairs of the party.
While Sumaila told reporters that his council was the legitimate council, saying “a congress was held which heralded our emergence as leaders of our great party,” the spokesman of the Garkuwa group, Alhaji Sule Chamber, described the congress as a “Kangaroo gathering” , disclosing that his group was challenging the state leadership because it lacks legitimacy.
But the state council chairman, Sumaila, who prides himself as leader of Kwankwasiyya PDP, said the activities of those parading themselves as factional leaders of the party was illegal as he warned them to recant their position and toe the line of the legitimate leadership of the party under his stewardship.
“All they are doing is peddling lies and creating confusion in the state,” he told a group of journalists in his office.
He said that those insinuating that they are the recognised leaders of PDP in Kano are people that connived with the opposition parties during last year’s election to frustrate PDP.
“They hoped to see PDP’s downfall but they were disgraced. We can no longer trust them because they are sabotaging our efforts,” he said.
He added that “Now that they and their co-partners have lost in the last election, they are fabricating all sorts of lies with a view to diverting the attention of real PDP supporters in the state.”
However, the Sumaila’s group is also claiming its supremacy, saying “We are the real leaders recognised by the national secretariat of the party and we are in control of the party.”