Ahead of Saturday Ward Congress of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Borno, the State Secretary of the party, Alhaji Yusuf Dikko, said the congress may not hold as forms for the congress has been hijacked.
Speaking at a press conference in Maiduguri on Wednesday, Dikko said the party has notified the party zonal and national headquarters of the development and is still waiting for thier response.
Dikko accused the party governorship candidate of 2019 in the state, Alhaji Mohammed Imam, and former state party Chairman, Alhaji Zannah Gaddama for hijacking the materials.
Dikko said that the party was aware of some members who were bent on crippling the party in Borno.
“Since our inauguration we have received series of complaints from wards and local governments on the activities of those people who base on thier own interest are trying to destroy the party just as they did in 2017 up to 2019 general elections,” Dikko said.
Reacting to the development, Gaddama said the allegations were baseless, adding that congress would hold in Borno on Saturday.
Gaddama said they did not hijack any congress materials but went and purchase the materials like any party member.
“Those forms are on sale and we went and purchased. If they claimed we hijacked the forms, the national secretariat is there, the security agencies are also there, why didn’t they report us to the authorities.
“All we know is that ward Congress with hold on September 25, Local Government Congress on October 5 and State Congress on October 16,” Gaddama said.
Also speaking, the State Organising Secretary of the party, Umar Bello, criticized the announced suspension which he said came to him and other party members as a rude shock.
Bello who addressed the press with other members from Shehuri Ward said nobody was suspended as claimed by the Secretary.
Bello accused Dikko and Chairman of the party, Usman Baderi who he described as “minority” of trying to create problem in the party.
He accused them of crying Wolf after misappropriating money for forms collected from members.
According to Bello, the State Working Committee has since suspended the Baderi by two-third majority.
Meanwhile, many party members are now confused as they wait for Saturday to see whether the congress will hold or not.