Less than 24 hours after his suspension, the Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party in Plateau State, Damishi Sango, has insisted that he remains chairman, stating that the suspension cannot stand as it ran afoul of the party’s constitution.
State Executive council of the party had earlier on Wednesday, suspended Sango alongside his deputy, Amos Gombi, over alleged misappropriation of the party’s presidential campaign funds and other party resources
The party suspended the duo on allegations of misappropriation of campaign funds and money meant for assisting Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the state, among other allegations.
A zonal chairman of the party, Chris Hassan was immediately asked by the party executive to take over the affairs of the party from the former Minister of Sports as State Chairman.
However, Sango in a reaction statement jointly signed by the party’s Secretary, Emmanuel Tuang and made available to Journalists in Jos on Wednesday night denied misappropriating any fund belonging to the party.
Sango said, “My suspension as Party Chairman and my Deputy is illegal as the 16 executive Council members did not follow the constitutional requirements.
“Their claim that they took the action to save the party does not hold waters because we see their action as a morbid attempt to divide the party and cause disaffection and confusion.
“Or else, the State Executive Committee (SEC) is made up of 72 officers and how can 16 of them constitute the SEC to take such a serious action for a whole party?
“Drawing from the relevant portions of the PDP constitution, therefore, Hon Chris Hassan cannot take over the reins of the party. Chapter 10 of the PDP constitution 2017 as amended spells out specific disciplinary procedures against officers who are suspected of committing infractions against the party.
“We have come across very reliable information that the action of the 16 is being sponsored by a third force to cripple the very promising petitions at the elections tribunal. And we want to state here in clear terms that this action will fail woefully.”
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