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Council urges NWC to address crisis rocking PDP Katsina State chapter

The Katsina State Peoples Democratic Party Advisory Council has called for the intervention of the party National Working Committee (NWC) in addressing crisis rocking the state chapter of the party.

Mr Ibrahim Tafashiya, member, Katsina State PDP Caretaker Committee, made the appeal at a news conference on the affairs of the party in the state, on Wednesday in Abuja.

Tafashiya also urged the party leaders to intervene in alleged denial of party members’ access to purchase nomination forms for the upcoming PDP congress in the state.

He said that a delegation of some aspirants from Katsina, Dutsinma, Malumfashi, Funtua, Mashi, Kankia and Katsina LGAs were at the state party secretariat to purchase form, but no party official to attend to them.

This according to Tafashiya made the aspirants accuse the committee of plan to hijack the forms to favor one single individual and to evade selling same to other aspirants.

“We have collated about 7,101 members willing to purchase the forms, so as to participate in the upcoming congresses but have been deprived access to purchase the forms.

“We are here at the national headquarters only to be informed that the forms are with the caretaker committee chairman about three weeks ago.

“We are therefore appealing for the intervention of the NWC to resolve the matter for the progress, development and success of the PDP,’’ he said.

He said while there were in Abuja at PDP national secretariat to purchase the forms but could not meet anybody hence the need to call for appropriate proper action on the matter.

Tafashiya also alleged that there was a disconnect between some members of the caretaker committee and the Chairman, Alhaji Musa Karim.

He said that the state chapter of the party was in jeopardy as a result of the maladministration of its affairs by the caretaker committee leadership.

He said since the release of timetable and guidelines for the 2024 ward, local government and state congresses certain proactive procedural measures should have been put in place for the exercise to be successful but nothing has been done.

“Since the period preceding the 2023 general election there has been division among the ranks of leadership and followership of the party in Katsina State.

“More especially almost all the 2023 Campaign Management Council that work tirelessly during campaign exercise were at the receiving end of such maltreatment,’’ he said.

He said that the caretaker committee chairman did nothing to reconcile the divisions within the PDP in Katsina State.

He said that the first activity preceding congress to elect party officials was always membership drive and update of membership register before the sales of forms.

This according to him was not done “even as at this time.

“Specifically, these issues relate to the 361 wards, 34 Local Governments and 39 State Exco aspirants for Katsina State,’’ he said.

Tafashiya therefore urged the NWC of the PDP to take immediate drastic measure in resolving the crises/complaints.

He also urged the party national leaders to ensure that due process was adhered to in the sale of the forms.

“Also in the general conduct of the upcoming congresses and general running of the affairs of the party for unity, peace, progress and success of the party.

“While thanking the NWC in discharging their duties diligently in order for the PDP to proposer. All we are asking for is a level playing ground,’’ he said

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