Ex-State Assembly candidates tell PDP acting Chairman, Damagum to resign

Acting National Chairman of the party Umar Damagum

The forum of former State House of Assembly candidates on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has called on the acting National Chairman of the party, Ambassador Ilia Damagum, to quit office.

Operating under the aegis of the Peoples Democratic Party State House of Assembly Candidates Forum, PDP-SHACF, it said quitting office would pave the way for the emergence of a substantive Chairman from the North Central region in line with the constitution of the party.

In a statement made available to journalists on Friday, its National Chairman, Hon. Salaudeen Lukman, insisted on strict adherence to the constitution of the party to avoid a protracted crisis capable of eroding the prospects of the party.

The statement, which was co-signed by Muhammad Gidado Musa, Kebbi State; Vice Chairman (North), Hon. Mahee Umar Gatawa (Sokoto State), and National Publicity Secretary, Hon. Abraham Olusegun Adeleye (Ekiti State), urged the party to sanction disloyal members who worked against it in the last general election.

It expressed dismay at the lingering crisis in PDP, which it said, was due to the lack of the National Working Committee’s response to a series of early warning signals.

The forum which comprised all former candidates in the 2023 general election expressed discontent over the shabby manner the PDP-NWC handles crises noting that drastic steps must be taken to reposition the party.

The statement reads: “Despite our patient waiting, it is disappointing that the NWC has taken no substantial action. As a result, in accordance with the resolutions reached during our meeting on April 9, 2024, we believe it is necessary to take additional steps.

“It is incumbent on us to remind the public that those members of the party who are currently causing conflict have benefited greatly from the party’s agenda in their political careers.

“From humble beginnings as councillors to positions as chairmen, Governors, members of the National Assembly, and even national officers, they have had the party’s support.

“It is terribly regrettable that these same individuals are now contributing to the perpetuation of the leadership crisis, which is threatening to sink the party’s ship in the attempt to satisfy their pay masters.”

The forum alleged anti-part activities in Rivers, Lagos, Ekiti, Enugu, Oyo, Benue, Kebbi, and elsewhere, stressing that some PDP members and supporters openly support opposition parties.