Aggrieved Member: Atiku Hijacked PDP Ward Congress in Adamawa as Clamour for His Return to Party Thickens

A former Special Assistant to Vice-President Atiku Abubakar and a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, Dr. Umar Ardo, has claimed that former Vice President, Abubakar Atiku, manipulated the Saturday’s PDP ward congresses in Adamawa State, adding that Atiku hijacked the result.
He therefore called for the cancellation of the results.
However, some members of the party are clamouring for the return of Atiku to the party.
Atiku, a former member of the PDP, defected to the All Progressives Congress before the 2015 general elections.
Ardo spoke with journalists after submitting a petition to the Adamawa State PDP Congress Appeal Panel at the party’s national headquarters in Abuja.
He said, “No election took place in Toungo, Ganye Mayo Belwa, Demsa, Numan, Shelleng, Yola North, Yola South, Mubi South, Michika and Madagali local government areas. “The Caretaker Committee members representing these LGAs simply sat in their rooms and drew up their list and submitted their names as elected executive members and they were admitted.
“It’s an open secret that the members of the committee connived and simply sat down and distributed the party offices among themselves.”
On the specific roles played by Atiku in the congresses, Ardo said the former Vice-President “was involved directly. He called me to say that I should make sure certain persons get these positions. I disagreed. He has hijacked the PDP in the state.”
He observed that Atiku’s return to the PDP had its disadvantages, saying, “There are also three disadvantages. We learnt that Atiku is coming back to the party with an ambition; an ambition to contest for the Presidency.
“Now that will be a source of conflict because there are others in the party who are also interested and they are nursing this ambition. There will be conflict among party members.
“Secondly, the deep pocket that Atiku has will not only serve that ambition; it will also deepen the conflict. The third disadvantage is that those foot soldiers will also serve the ambition and in the process deepen the conflict.”
But in his reaction, Atiku insisted that he had no hands in the problems of the PDP in his state, adding that he had left the PDP.
The former Vice President spoke through his media aide, Paul Ibe.
“It is ludicrous to accuse a man who is not a member of a party of having hijacked the party structure. Whoever is making this allegation has to look elsewhere for their failings,” Ibe said.
But in a twist, the Adamawa State chapter of the PDP has called on former Vice President to return to the party ahead of the 2019 general elections.
The state chairman of the party, Shehu Tahir, made the call while speaking the party’s stakeholders meeting on Wednesday in Yola.
Tahir said: “It is not a wise decision for Atiku to abandon the house he helped to build, so we want him back.”
He said that the problem that led to mass defection of former members of the party to other parties were over, hence the need for them to return.
“We are calling on Atiku Abubakar, who is among the PDP founding fathers, not to abandon the house he had helped to build.
“This is because the party needs him now to continue from where he stopped.”
He also called on other stakeholders to help prevail on the former vice president to return to the party.
“We urge our stakeholders to prevail on him and others who left to reconsider their decision and return to the party.”

Author: News Editor

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