Efforts by the Peoples Democratic Party’s national secretariat to foster peace in the Plateau State chapter of the party on Monday suffered a setback, following a fresh crisis that hit the party with two chieftains, Mr Chris Hassan and Mr Amos Gombi, laying claim to the chairmanship position.
Our correspondent learnt that the fresh crisis started when some members of the party’s executive committee ratified Hassan’s nomination as the new state chairman of the party during an emergency meeting held at the party’s secretariat in Jos on Monday.
Until his nomination as the state chairman, Hassan, who is a former Commissioner for Works in the state, was the chairman of the party in the North.
His emergence as the state chairman came when Gombi, who took over the affairs of the party as acting chairman as directed by the PDP’s National Working Committee, was said to be away in Port Harcourt where he attended the wedding of one of the children of the party’s National Chairman, Uche Secondus.
The Plateau Central Chairman of the PDP, Mr Benedict Shignuhul, told our correspondent in Jos on Monday that Gombi was removed by the party’s executive committee because his emergence as the acting chairman was in violation of the party’s constitution.
Shignuhul said, “Yes, we have just ratified the nomination of Mr Chris Hassan as the substantive state chairman of the PDP in Plateau State during our SEC meeting which held today (Monday) at the party’s secretariat in Jos.
“Gombi has been parading himself as the state acting chairman, using a letter purportedly from the PDP’s national secretariat, which we cannot verify.
“So, with this development, he has ceased to function in that capacity and he will revert to his former position as deputy chairman of the party.
“This is in line with Section 47(6) of the PDP constitution, which states that where a vacancy occurs in any of the offices of the party, the executive committee at the appropriate level shall appoint another person from the area or zone where the officer originated from to serve out the tenure of the officer.”.
Gombi, who assumed the position of the party’s acting chairman after the resignation of the former Minister of Sports, Mr Damishi Sango, had earlier issued a statement directing party stakeholders not to attend the meeting of the party’s executive council called by the state secretary, Mr Emmanuel Tuang