Plateau PDP resolves to sack chairman, deputy over alleged missing funds

Plateau PDP resolves to sack chairman, deputy over alleged missing funds

- The PDP in Plateau has resolved to sack its chairman, Damishi Sango, and the deputy, Amos Gombi, over alleged mismanagement of resources

- The duo have been accused of mismanagement of resources sent to the state for the presidential election and also failing to account for monies that it raised to help IDPs

- Sango, however, said he was not aware of such development and cannot comment on something he has not seen

The Plateau chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has passed a vote of no confidence on its chairman, Damishi Sango, and the deputy chairman, Amos Gombi.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the party’s State Executive Council (SEC), in a meeting held in Jos in the early hours of Wednesday, April 24, resolved to sack the officials “to save the party’’.

The SEC, whose resolutions were signed by 16 members, appointed Chris Hassan, vice chairman of the party in the northern senatorial zone, to take over its leadership as acting state chairman.

The resolutions was quoted as indicating that the meeting, which was called to appraise “issues arising from the elections’’, resolved to sack the duo over alleged mismanagement of resources sent to the state for the presidential election.

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The party officials said: “The resources were not accounted for by the chairman and his deputy. They refused to disclose the amount received from the Presidential Campaign Committee, opting to create a fraudulent unseen template used as `sharing formula’.

“That sharing formula is unknown to the state party structure; up till date, no disclosure has been made by the chairman and/or the deputy chairman.’’

The SEC also accused the duo of failing to account for monies raised and saved by the party to help Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).

Gombi is the chairman of the party’s committee on the IDPs.

According to officials, “No mention has been made of the funds. No one knows what happened to the funds. Everyone has been kept in the dark.’’

The SEC also decried the “arbitrary substitution’’ of the legitimate winner of the party’s ticket to contest the Wase House of Representatives seat, and accused the suspended duo of taking that action “without recourse to the state executive council’’.

They said: “The suspended officials took the decision after some financial inducements. That decision cost the PDP the seat.’’

The SEC accused the duo of “highhandedness’’ that had plunged the PDP into massive confusion, and particularly deplored the “high disregard’’ for elders, critical stakeholders and members of the state executive council.

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The officials said: “The chairman and his deputy have consistently displayed utter disdain for everyone; they have no time for anyone’s advice, suggestion or decision. No one was relevant in their sight.’’

The state executive council also dissolved the state campaign council and directed its members to return party properties in their possession.

Reacting, Sango, the chairman, said he was not aware of such development. According to him, “Nobody has told me anything. I don’t know. No one has confronted me with any allegation.

"If they held a meeting, I am not aware of that meeting. I cannot comment. At my age, and with my experience, I cannot comment on something that I have not seen.

“There are enemies seeking to destroy the party. There are some people feeling aggrieved over one thing or the other. They want to destroy the party. But I will deal with them. I will deal with them.’’

Recall that reported that the Plateau chapter of the PDP accused the state’s resident electoral commissioner, Halilu Pai, of “compromising his position and manipulating the electoral process”. ( -> We have updated to serve you better!

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