National leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday cancelled the outcome of last Saturday Ward congresses in Lagos, Adamawa and Osun states.
The cancellation was announced by the party’s national organizing secretary, Abubakar Mustapha, at the end of the meeting of the National Working Committee, NWC.
The NWC also sacked the committees that conducted the congresses in the three affected state and has since reconstituted another committees for conduct of fresh Ward congresses which will commence tomorrow (Friday)
Though no reason was given for the cancellation of the congresses, Nigerian Pilot gathered that it may not be unconnected to the hijack of the exercise by some chieftains of the party in the three states.
In Adamawa State, former political adviser to former President Goodluck Jonathan, Ahmed Gulak, was reported to have collected materials for Adamawa state from PDP national secretariat last Friday without the permission of the state chairman, Chief Joel Madaki.
Though Chief Madaki was travelled down to Abuja to collect the materials, he was told at the PDP secretariat that Ahmed Gulak had already collected the materials before his arrival.
Gulak is a member of the national convention planning committee and was said to have used his influence in the committee to collect the materials for Adamawa state without authorization of the state leadership of PDP.
He was said to have paid the prescribed mandatory fees into PDP bank account and collected the congresses materials after presenting the bank teller to officials from office of the national organizing secretary.
He was reported to have handed over the materials to Adamawa chapter organizing secretary who is said to be one of his acolytes instead of the state chairman or secretary.
This development was reported to have adversely affected the conduct of the Ward congress in the state as the materials were made available to only supporters of Gulak in the state.
Other members of the party in the state were said to have conducted parallel congresses after obtaining photocopies of the nomination forms after they could not lay their hands on the original forms.
The resultant crisis, claims and counter-claims were said to have informed the decision of the NWC to cancel the entire exercise in the state.
Similar scenarios were reported to have played out in Lagos and Osun states where rival chieftains of the party tried to outwit one another for the control of the structures of the party in readiness for the 2019 general election.

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