- Jeremiah Useini, a former Plateau governorship candidate, is leading a protest against the PDP state congress
- This is coming after Chris Hassan emerged as the state party chairman in the just concluded congress
- Useini directed all other candidates from the congress to come together and form a parallel state executive
Lt. General Jeremiah Useini (rtd), the 2019 gubernatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Plateau state has ordered all candidates that pulled out of the state congress to form a parallel state executive.
Useini who described the congress as a sham gave the order following the declaration of Chris Hassan as the state chairman of the party, ThisDay reports.
The former governorship candidate while addressing his loyalists on Monday, August 31, over the congress blamed the national leadership of the PDP for allegedly compounding the crisis within the party.
He explained that PDP's leadership through its double-standard approach made the party's crisis worse, adding that the congress cannot stand the test of time.
Useini directed all the forty candidates who pulled out of the state congress to come together and reconcile towards producing someone for each position to form a parallel state executive.
He said: “After forming the parallel executives, let us see how the national secretariat would handle the two-state executives of the party in the same state.
“As far as I am concerned, there was no election. Our people should be firmed; we shall have our own executives. When they present their own, we shall also present ours. I am advising everyone to be law-abiding, because what happened was a charade.”
However, former Plateau state governor, Jonah Jang, lauded the process that led to the emergence of Hassan as the PDP chairman.
Jang, on his part, while congratulating the new chairman and his new executive members warned Hassan that his victory was “a clarion call to rebuild and re-strategize the party in order to take PDP to her rightful place at the helm of affairs in the state and national levels".
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the crisis rocking the Ekiti state chapter of the PDP took a dangerous turn on Saturday, August 29, as two state party chairmen and other executives emerged from different factions after 2 parallel congresses.
The PDP state congresses were held at two different locations in the state capital with the factions led by Senator Biodun Olujimi and former Ekiti state governor, Ayodele Fayose.
It was gathered that the chairman of Ekiti caretaker committee, Senator Hosea Agboola, officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), and police were absent at the parallel congresses.
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