From Maduabuchi Nmeribeh, Kano
Fresh leadership crisis has rocked the Kano state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as a new set of leadership under the auspies of Administrative Committee announced the dissolution of the Dr. Rabi’u Suleiman Bichi’s Caretaker Committee, insisting that their mandate has expired.
The three-man Administrative Committee led by the current party chairman in Dala Local Government Area, Alhaji Mahammina Bako Lamido, has asdumed leadership as the Kano PDP Pro Tempo Chairman, warned the Bichi Committee to desist from parading themselves as the members of Kano PDP Exco.
But Bichi, a former Secretary to Kano State Government and close political Ally to former Governor, Senator Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso, insisted that his Committee remains the face of Kano PDP Exco until a Congress is held.
Bichi advised that factional leadership to obey court order and stop parading themselves as the new Exco of Kano PDP.
“We did not appoint ourselves. We were appointed as provided by the constitution of the party and we were not given any timeline. The Caretaker committee will remain in office until a congress is held,” he added.
However, Lamido maintained that the Bichi Committee remain dissolved as the Administrative Committee has taken over the affairs of the party, pending further directive from the National headquarters.
Lamido told journalists that the decision to dissolve the Caretaker committee was based on section 24 (2) and (3) of the party constitution (as amended) 2017.
According to him, the Caretaker committee’s three-month mandate had expired on November 2018, “and it is not renewable by virtue of section 31 (2) (e) of the constitution of the party as amended 2017.”
He said, “following the development, the remaining existing state Executive committee comprising of chairmen of the 44 local government areas of the state wrote to the National chairman, secretary and the National working committee of the party and notified them of the expiration of the Caretaker committee.
“The letter was written on 21st June 2019 and reminder letter was written on 21st August 2019 and another letter with the caption Complaint of intimidation and harassment dated December 12th was sent to the National headquarters.
“It may interest you to know that all the above correspondences were appropriately acknowledged but the letters were not replied and no action has been taken.
“In the light of the above, it has shown that the National body of our great party PDP has deliberately failed to intervene into the matter and direct for the immediate appointment of a committee to conduct election in Kano state.”
He added that the intervention of party National headquarters would have curtailed the illegitimate activities of the unlawful Caretaker committee.
He, therefore, warned the members of the disbanded Caretaker committee to desist from parading themselves as leaders of the party in the state as doing so is a clear violation of the party constitution.