From Maduabuchi Nmeribeh, Kano
Crisis has again rocked the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kano following the Ward Congress being held in the state.
While the National Working Committee of the party backed the Ward Congress apparently being organized by the Kwankwassiyya faction of the party led by the former Governor of the state, Senator Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso, another faction of the party led by the former Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Aminu Wali, went to Court challenging the authenticity of the Congress.
However, Governor of Adamawa state, Alhaji Ahmad Fintiri who supervised the Congress insisted that he was not aware of any faction or crisis in Kano PDP, stating that the exercise went well.
Though they are waiting for the final results from the 484 Wards in the state on Tuesday, the Aminu Wali faction has disowned the Ward Congress, describing it as illegal.
They insisted that there was a Court Order to that effect.
The AUTHORITY obtained the Court Order dated 17 March, 2020, with Suit No. K/149/2020, given before Justice Aisha Ibrahim Mahmoud of a Kano state High Court.
The Order stated that, “upon reading the Motion Ex-parte dated 14th day of March, 2020 together with accompanying affidavit duly sworn to by the 1st plaintiff/Applicant of No. Kofar Mazugal, Kano, and after hearing N.A. Ayagi Esq. of Counsel for the Plaintiff/Applicant.
“It is hereby ordered that: an order is hereby made directing all parties to maintain status quo in respect of their positions as of today 27th March, 2020, pending the hearing and determination of the Motion on Notice.
“An Order is hereby granted to serve the Court Order and other Originating processes at the first defendant’s Headquarters in Abuja outside the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court.”
The case was between Musa Ashiru, Adamu Yusuf and Kabiru Ibrahim who are the plaintiffs and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP); Shehu Wada Shagagi ( chairman PDP Kano chapter Caretaker Committee); Muhamminu B. Lamido (Protem Chairman, PDP, Kano chapter); Chairman PDP Wards Congress Planning Committee, Kano State; Chairman Local Government Congress Planning Committee, Kano state; Chairman, PDP State Congress Committee, Kano state who are the defendants.
However, speaking to journalists, Fintiri who is the chairman of PDP Ward Congress Committee said that the party has successfully conducted the 484 wards congress election across the 44 Local Government Areas of the state.
Fintiri described the party ward congress as successful and transparent, adding that, “we are here in Kano with five member delegation by the National Working Committee of PDP to come and conduct ward congresses of the party for the 44 Local Government Areas in the 484 wards in the state.
“We are here since yesterday to initiate the process as we commence the congress today Tuesday.
,”It was successful, peaceful and transparent, we went round four out of the seven local governments in the municipality, we witnessed for ourselves the high turnout of voters.
“The enthusiasm exhibited by members of the PDP was encouraging and hitch-free and peaceful.”
Fintiri explained explained that the election has already been concluded, “right now, we are only waiting to collate results and transmit it to the National Headquarters of the party.
“I am not aware of any faction. It is one-line party in Kano state; and we have one leadership that has been recognized by the National Working Committee.”