PDP National Secretary, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola
By Daji Sani
The controversy surrounding Adamawa State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidates for the forthcoming chairmanship and councillorship elections has been put to rest as the National Secretariat of the party officially communicated the state Independent Election Commission (ADSIEC), that it has confirmed the names of candidates submitted by the defunct Alhaji Mijinyawa Kugama-led Executive.
The elections would hold on November 24, 2012.
The letter of approval dated October 13, 2012 was signed by the National Secretary of the party, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, with reference: PDPa/DOM/SF2/208.
The letter titled: “PDP Candidates for Councillorship/Chairmanship Elections”, stated that Section 50 of the Constitution of our Great party stipulates, inter alia that “The National Executive Committee Shall, subject to the provision of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended), the Electoral Act (as amended) and this constitution formulate guidelines and regulations for the nomination of candidates for election into public offices at all levels and shall be the final authority for resolving all disputes relating to the choice of candidates for the party for any election and for conveying to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), or any other authority to whom it may concern, confirming the names of list of names of candidates for the party in any elective public office in the federation.”
The National Working Committee (NWC) of the party had dissolved the state chapter of the party executives on account of insubordination and other offences in conducting the chairmanship and counsellorship primaries in the state.
Following the dissolution, the National Publicity of the party, Chief Olisa Metuh, said a caretaker committee had been set to take over the party’s affairs in the state.
According to him, “On behalf of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of our great party the National Working Committee hereby dissolves the Adamawa State Executive Committee of the PDP.
“This is in exercise of Article 31, section (2)(e) specifically empowers the NWC thus; where necessary dissolved a state Executive Committee and appoint a caretaker committee to run the party until another Executive Committee is elected provided that the period from the dissolution to the election of the new Executive shall not exceed three months.”
He said the dissolved executive had disregarded and shown serial disobedience to the decision of the NWC.
“The dissolved executive was expressly advised by the NWC to halt further steps towards the conduct of local government elections as agreed at a meeting on October 9, 2012 between the NWC and the Adamawa State Working Committee.”
In the same vein, the state Caretaker Committee authorised by NWC had told journalists at a press briefing that it had sent a letter to ADSIEC to withdraw the names of nominees submitted to it by the defunct Kugama-led Exco for councillorship and chairmanship in the forth coming council polls in the state.
However, ADSIEC at the time of sending the report, had also denied receiving any letter from the Damagun-led caretaker committee to withdraw nominees from the state’s PDP that were already screened by ADSIEC, even when the list of their names were also displaced on ADSIEC’s notice board in Yola.
Investigation revealed that a closed door PDP stakeholder meeting was held last Sunday at the Government House in Yola, to resolve the pending crises on candidates for the election.
According to a stakeholder, who pleaded anonymity, disclosed that any attempt to change the candidates contesting for the council poll may put the opposition parties at a vantage position to win the forthcoming elections based on the unresolved issues.