The Chairman, Katsina Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Reconciliation Committee, Lawal Rufai Safana has alleged that the embattled PDP state Chairman, Alhaji Yusuf Majigiri is to be blamed for the crisis rocking the party in the state.
Safana made this disclosure while briefing newsmen at the Katsina Liyafa Hotel on Saturday concerning efforts made to reconcile the aggrieved parties.
He decried how the outcome of series of deliberations spearheaded by the reconciliation committee set up to unite the warring factions was discarded by the Majigiri-led faction.
While recalling how aggrieved party members under the aegis of ‘Agyara’ faction, dragged the current party leadership to court after the last state congress, for sidelining them from participating in the congress, Safana said the warring parties subsequently unanimously opted for a reconciliation committee to iron out their differences.
“You may recall that after the last PDP state congress, some aggrieved members of the party in Katsina State had approached the State High Court to seek redress for being deliberately excluded in the process leading to the election of officers of the party in the State.
These aggrieved members otherwise called the PDP AGYARA Group got a judgment in their favour which among other things dissolved the said PDP congresses and directed for fresh congresses.
However, the dissolved PDP executive went to the appeal court to challenge the ruling of the State High Court against them. This appeal is yet to be determined.
Meanwhile, while the appeal was being heard, the dissolved executive committee members and the PDP Agyara faction accepted to start a reconciliation discussion with a view to finding a common ground to resolve the issues in contention and possibly withdraw the court processes and forge ahead as one united PDP family,” Safana recalled.
However, he said after series of deliberations on the contentious issues, the warring factions under the guidance of the reconciliation committee, reached an agreement that would have ended the internal wrangling among party members in the state but the Majigiri-led group discarded the agreement at the last minute, insinuating that the court should be allowed to handle the matter.
In this wise, we have held series of meetings, in fact not less than 20 in the span of over one year running and fortunately we came to a point of agreement; an agreement which was even drafted and submitted to our meeting by the embattled leadership of the party in the state.
The agreement which was accepted by our faction even though it falls seriously short of what the PDP Agyara members would have desired, but which we still decided to accept in our wholehearted seriousness to resolve the issues and move the party forward.
This agreement was ready to be signed when the group representing the dissolved executive committee members who actually drafted the agreement suddenly called us to a meeting only to tell us that they were no longer interested in any reconciliation processes and that the issue should just be resolved by the courts.
Thus the said agreement to be signed which we toiled strenuously to arrive at together was by this surprise decision thrown to the dustbin,” Safana said.
To that effect, Mr. Safana claimed that the sudden deliberate act of disregarding the resolution reached to unite the party members and forge a common front by the Majigiri leadership, shows that they are not sincere and cannot be trusted.
We have come to realize even from our close interaction with them, that the current PDP leadership in the state have serious issues of sincerity of purpose, mistrust and es spirit de corp between themselves and between the people they lead in the party.
They are very clearly guided by extreme personal selfishness and mistrust to such an extent that their most fundamental worry is how best to outsmart one another and not to find new grounds to move the party forward. This is certainly a cause of worry and concern to all bonafide members,” Safana
According to Safana, that singular action by the current leadership is what has become a clog in the wheel of progress for the party in the state.
Similarly, while observing that the end of the court proceedings may not be in sight soon, Safana expressed worries that relying on the judiciary wholly to resolve the contentious issues may further spell doom and jeopardise the party’s chances in the state as preparation for the 2023 election is already in top gear.
Safana is calling for the urgent intervention of the national leadership to save the party from total collapse in the state.
We are certain, however, that insisting on continuation of court processes and actions will surely not augur well for the PDP in the state in view of time perspectives and constraints before the 2023 elections. Whatever was the reasons for the dissolved executive committee members to opt for these options, we believe was surely ill-advised, because the courts may not resolve the issues in time for preparation for the 2023 targeted elections.
The party is definitely in extreme distress and the earlier this situation is addressed by the National leadership the better. Time is of essence,” Safana concluded.
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