PDP Cancels Congresses in Plateau


By Seriki Adinoyi in Jos

Stakeholders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Plateau have continued to trade blames following the cancellation of the party congresses held in three local government areas of Jos South, Kanke and Pankshin of Plateau State.

The congresses which held on Thursday had to be cancelled in these local government areas following reports of alleged irregularities and manipulations that resulted in protests and fracas.

An eyewitness and a delegate to the congress said the trouble started when the exercise which was earlier scheduled to hold at the Bukuru stadium was suddenly relocated to a Rayfield venue without any tenable explanation.

He added that party members who suspected a sinister motive for the change of venue also noticed the disappearance of some delegates’ names in some wards, including  Zawan B, Giring, Kuru and other wards where candidates of the incumbent member, representing Jos/Jos East federal constituency, Mr. Edward Pwajok, were said to have emerged victorious against the candidates of the former Governor of the state and Senator representing Plateau North, Mr. Jonah Jang, during the previous ward congresses.

He alleged that the protests that trailed the substitution of the names forced the party hierarchy to postpone the LGA congress till further notice.

Confirming this, a state Chairmanship candidate of the party, Hon Bitrus Kaze lamented that things have fallen apart.

He said, “Some people brought new names in Jos South and other local government areas. Things are fallen apart, but we remain committed to the course and trust that it’s God who crowns kings.”