By Taye Obateru
Jos – Leader of one of the factions of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Plateau State, Chief Emmanuel Mangni, has defended his group against the allegation of being spoilers out to prematurely end the tenure of the legitimately elected executive of the party.
Mangni told journalists in Jos that contrary to the insinuation, his group, which he said had majority followership in the state, was fighting against the alleged personalising of the party by Governor Jonah Jang.
He said the crisis within the party arose from the â€œexclusive styleâ€ of the governor who he alleged handpicked those close to him into the executive and moved the partyâ€™s office into his campaign office in a bid to shut out other stakeholders of the party.
He accused both Governor Jang and Professor Dakum Shown of trying to put the party in their pockets, adding that the caliber of staunch members of the party in his group clearly testified to this.
Mangni dismissed insinuations that the groupâ€™s disagreement with the governor was because of his refusal to share money and patronage with them, describing the allegation as an insult.
He said, â€œThe former governors, former and serving senators and other eminent people in my group are not poor so. What patronage do they need from him?
â€œWhat we are saying is that every stakeholder of the party should be carried along as PDP members and that the party should not be run as a personal estate. But this is what they are not ready to do,â€ he added.
He commended the national secretariat of the party for trying to restore normalcy and advised the Dakum Shown group to accept the partyâ€™s intervention and test their popularity by going through a fresh process of election since they claim to be in control of the party.
Meanwhile, the Jos High Court which last week restrained the National Working Committee of the PDP from inaugurating a caretaker committee for the Plateau chapter has adjourned further hearing in the case filed by the Shown executive to August 28 to allow for proper service of the court papers on the defendants.