An aggrieved faction of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) under the aegis of the Forum of Local Government Party Chairmen of the party in Kano has accused the governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri led party congress committee which conducted the recent ward congress election in the state of bias.
Chairman of the forum, Mahammina Bako, who made the position at a press conference on Tuesday in Kano accused the Adamawa governor of favouring a faction in the party against the expected role of unbiased arbiter which he ought to play.
Bako noted that the committee favoured one faction of the party during the congress election conducted in 484 wards on March 17 in the state.
“The committee under one of the serving governors that won election under the party with a directive that favours one of the groups of the party became one-sided and continued to support Rabiu Kwankwaso and his team.
“It is a known fact that the state branch of the PDP has been in crisis since the re-entry of Kwankwaso, the immediate past governor of Kano state.
“Unfortunately, the national leadership of the party became one -sided and continues to support Kwankwaso’s faction,” he said.
He alleged that the committee worked to ensure that Kwankwaso controls the party in the state, saying that “the state executive of the party under Sen. Mas’ud Doguwa was dissolved.
“The committee however, refused to involve the existing elected executive of the party at ward and local government levels in the election processes.
“On arrival, the congress committee contacted only the Kwankwasiyya group neglecting the mainstream PDP. With this group, the committee agreed on the modalities for the congresses, while the other group was not involved.
“It was after accepting the list of candidates as presented by the Kwankwaso group, that the chairman of the committee invited heads of other group for what he called a courtesy call.
“All the aspirants for the ward congress totalling 9, 680 who purchased forms from our group, amounting to over N50 million were not considered, let alone listened to.”