A major crises is at the verge of dividing the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Gombe State following the alteration of the result of the Primary election for the Billiri East State Constituency.
Dankwambo, Gombe State PDP Chairman at loggerheads over choice of party State Assembly flag bearer
Already, indications have emerged that the state Governor, Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo and the State Party Chairman, Joel Adamu Jagafa are at logger heads over the winner of the primary election. Honourable Rambi Ibrahim Ayayla, who democratically won had the blessings of the State Governor.
However, it was reliably learnt that the State Party chairman, in connivance with the Secretary, Alhaji Buba Shanu and some party officials are bent on imposing Mrs. Rabi Daniel, immediate past Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Welfare.
But addressing a press conference over what he described as “Travesty of Justice”, Honourable Rambi Ayala, who presented his PDP membership card number (8877147) and voters card number (A04831922) explained that he was declared the winner of the Primary election held on 4th October, 2018 at the Billiri Township Stadium before INEC officials with 25 votes out of the 49 accredited votes before men of the DSS, Police, Civil Defence as well as press men by the electoral officer, Barr. JA Lawal.
He stated that to his dismay and that of many of his supporters, even after reaffirming his victory the next day Friday 5th October, 2018 at Custodian Hotel Gombe after the State Governor had called on the State party chairman not to tamper with the result as announced earlier and after a press address made by the party officials from Abuja, the State party officials refused to give him form E.C. 4B (iii) from INEC office in Abuja.
In his words, “events came to a climax yesterday when I learnt that my colleagues were filling an INEC nomination form E.C. 4B (iii) brought from Abuja. I inquired who was giving out the forms and they told me it is the State Party Secretary, Alhaji Buba Shanu. I immediately put a call to him to get my form but to my bewilderment, he told me that an appeal panel has upturned my victory and given it to Rabi Daniel to serve as the flag bearer of the party. I requested to be given a copy of the decision and by who. This was declined”.
While calling on his supporters to remain calm, Hon. Rambi said, “we are running a Democratic Government that is predicated on the rule of law not rule of might. We are set to challenge this decision through all lawful means to ensure that justice prevail”.
However, when our reporter visited the State Party Secretariat over the matter, neither the Chairman nor the Secretary were in their offices. Several calls were also made to them but non of them picked the calls.