The crises rocking the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) since its poor performance at the last general polls have continued unabated with the emergence of a faction of the party in Kano state.
A group named PDP Our Party has criticised the leadership of the party in the state, accusing both the executive and the party leaders, Malam Ibrahim Shekarau and Ambassador Aminu Wali, of deliberately grounding the party for selfish reasons.
The public relations officer of the factional group, Comrade Yakubu Ado Baso, said that the emergence of the group is not in any way aimed at disrupting the unity of the PDP in Kano, but would rather strengthen it and bring the needed cohesion and sense of belonging to all members.
Addressing journalists on the issue Baso explained that the out-of-favour leadership of the party led by Alhaji Rabiu Dan Sharu, did nothing to shore up the party during the last elections which led it to its present status.
Baso lamented the pitiable situation of the Kano PDP, and stressing that it was due to the weakness of leadership at both state and local government levels that saw the former vibrant party crumble like a pack of cards before and after the last general elections. He added that the party had lost its soul.
The forum announced Comrade Aminu Sa’ad Beli as its acting chairman and solicited the support and cooperation of all PDP members in the state to rally round his new leadership so as to revive the party from its present comatose position.
The PDP in Kano was engulfed in a leadership crisis following its defeat by the APC in the last general elections, in which it lost the governorship, control of the state House of Assembly and House chairmanship positions.
Allegations were rife that the party leadership had allocated all available contestable positions among their cronies.
The arrangement saw the former minister of education, Malam Ibrahim Shekarau, producing the governorship candidate in the person of Malam Salihu Sagir Takai, while the ex-foreign affairs minister, Ambassador Aminu Wali, received the deputy governorship slot.
As if that was not enough, appointments in the House of Representatives and state Assembly were distributed by these powerful godfathers, a situation that did not go down well with most PDP members in the state.
Millions of naira in campaign funds allocated by the national headquarters of the PDP to the state’s chapter were also alleged to have been diverted, leaving candidates to fend for themselves.