PDP Crisis: Kogi Elders Raise Alarm Over Plots by Dino Melaye To Hijack State Executive Structure

PDP Crisis: Kogi Elders Raise Alarm Over Plots by Dino Melaye To Hijack State Executive Structure

  • Fresh crisis rocks the leadership of the PDP in Kogi state as stakeholders exposed the move by Senator Dino Melaye to hijack state executive
  • Kogi PDP Elders Forum raised the alarm and vowed to resist the attempts by Sen. Danjuma Lah, the caretaker chairman and his secretary, Sen. Philip Aruwa Gyunka, to hand the party's state structure to Melaye
  • Ahead of the state congress, the aggrieved party chieftains urged the PDP national leadership to intervene, threatening that "any attempt to impose candidates on the party would lead to a crisis"

Legit.ng journalist Esther Odili has over two years of experience covering political parties and movements.

The political atmosphere in Kogi state is tense as stakeholders from the Kogi East PDP have opposed the moves by the caretaker chairman, Sen. Danjuma Lah, and his secretary, Sen. Philip Aruwa Gyunka, to impose their preferred candidates on the party ahead of the state congress.

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Fresh crisis hit Kogi PDP
Crisis rocks Kogi PDP as Danjuma Lah is reportedly working to hand over state executive to Dino Melaye. Photo credit: Senator Danjuma Lah, Senator Dino Melaye
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Kogi PDP Elders Forum exposes Danjuma Lah

The stakeholders, comprising party elders from nine local government areas in Kogi East and Kogi West, under the aegis of the Kogi PDP Elders Forum, are vehemently rejecting Danjuma Lah and Gyunka's attempts to hand over the party structure to Senator Dino Melaye and his allies.

They accused this group of scheming to frustrate Kogi East's participation in the party and use the party for personal political gain, as seen in the last gubernatorial election.

In a statement made available to Legit.ng on Saturday, June 15, the elders disclosed that since Danjuma Lah's appointment as caretaker chairman, his goal has been to ensure Dino Melaye controls the party structure.

They alleged that plans are underway to allocate 80% of the state executive positions to Dino Melaye's nominees, including Captain Joe Agada, who is being propped up to challenge the decision of Kogi East stakeholders.

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Kogi PDP Elders vows to resist Dino Melaye's influence

The party elders, however, warned that they will resist and reject any attempts to impose candidates on the party.

They urged the national headquarters to expedite the exit of Danjuma Lah and his secretary, citing their failure to provide effective leadership and condemn the abnormalities in the state.

"We will not be provoked to leave the party, but we will resist and reject their plots."
"We call on the national headquarters to quickly hurry up Danjuma Lah and his secretary's exit from the state as they have failed woefully. PDP leadership, under their watch, is a colossal failure and is unable to even issue a statement to condemn the abnormality in the state," the elders said in a statement.

How Danjuma Lah plans to hijack state structure for Melaye

Speaking further, the aggrieved elders also accused Danjuma Lah and Gyunka of being nominees of Senator Dino Melaye, who is also their colleague in the 8th National Assembly. They claimed that this group is determined to perpetuate their hold on the party structure and use it for personal political gain.

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Meanwhile, the development has sparked tensions within the party, with many members expressing concerns over the attempts to hijack the party structure.

However, the state congress is expected to be held soon, and the stakeholders are demanding a free and fair election that reflects the will of the party members.

Kogi crisis: PDP national chairman told to intervene

The Kogi PDP Elders Forum has urged the national headquarters to intervene and ensure that the state congress is conducted in a transparent and democratic manner, without any interference from external forces.

They warned that any attempt to impose candidates on the party would lead to a crisis that could have far-reaching consequences for the party in the state.

As the political drama unfolds, party members and political observers are watching with keen interest to see how the situation will play out. One thing is clear, however: the stakeholders from Kogi East are determined to resist any attempts to hijack the party structure and ensure that the party remains democratic and inclusive.

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Kogi political activist urges EFCC to act against Bello

In another development, Kogi state political activist, Comrade Usman Okai Austin, has faulted the Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)'s delay at the Federal High Court.

He questioned the agency's commitment to justice in the ongoing case against former Governor Yahaya Bello.

Okai, in a statement sent to Legit.ng on Wednesday, June 13, urged the EFCC to uphold its integrity, reminding them that the public's trust is at stake.

Source: Legit.ng

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Esther Odili (Politics and Current Affairs Editor) Esther Odili is a journalist and a Politics/Current Affairs Editor at Legit.ng with 6+ years of experience. Before joining Legit.ng, Esther has worked with other reputable media houses, such as the New Telegraph newspaper and Galaxy Television. She Holds OND and HND in Mass Communication from NIJ, where she was recognized as the best student in print journalism in 2018. Email: esther.odili@corp.legit.ng.