The Ahmed Makarfi led National Caretaker Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has announced its recognition of Chief Joel Madaki as the party’s chairman in Adamawa.
The recognition was contained in a letter to the party dated May 31, signed by Sen. Ahmed Makarfi and Sen. Ben Obi.
The letter, which was copied to Commissioner of Police and Director State Security Service, said the recognition was due to pending litigation over the authentic leaders of the party in the state.
It said in the letter, that it had withdrawn its earlier recognition of the new leaders who emerged during the recent state congress in which Abdulrahman Bobboi and Zira Tumba were elected chairman and secretary.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Madaki group is insisting that its tenure had not elapsed.
The development had led to two separate primaries for chairmanship and councillorship candidates, to represent the party in the June 25 Local Government Election in the state.
The letter signed by Makarfi and Obi titled “Re-New PDP Executives in Adamawa” reads in part: “Our letter on above subject matter dated 24th May 2016 introducing Barr Abdurahman Bobboi and Mr Zira Tumba Diwe refers.
“Due to pending litigation at Federal High Court, Abuja in suit No FHC/ABJ/CS/314/2013 and dispute over the recent congresses, we are hereby withdrawing our letter of May 24th 2016.
“The old executive committee under the chairmanship of Chief Joel Madaki and Barr A.T Shehu should continue to be attended to by you, pending the resolution of the matter.”
When contacted on phone, Bobboi said he was in a meeting in Abuja over the matter.
Meanwhile, many candidates who emerged from the separate PDP primaries have expressed concern over the development.
This issue of party leadership is seriously affecting us, we want amicable resolution of the problem as some members have started moving to other political parties”, a councillorship candidate, who simply identified himself as Mohammed said.