By Taye Obateru
JosÂ – The Professor Dakum Shown-led executive of the PDP in Plateau State has rejected its dissolution by the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party saying it remains the authentic executive as the committee has no powers to dissolve it under the partyâ€™s constitution.
But the Chief Emmanuel Mangni-led faction has welcomed the dissolution describing it as a lesson for dictators masquerading as politicians to tread softly.
Speaking to journalists, yesterday, Shown vowed that his executive would not surrender the mandate freely given to it in February last year until members have served their four-year tenure adding that it had received no communication to that effect.
â€œTo succumb to the unlawful and unconstitutional dissolution is legalising what is illegal and we are standing by the mandate given to us because the NWC has no legal right to dissolve the state executive of the party as announced,â€ he said.
He added that the constitution of the PDP did not vest the NWC with powers to take arbitrary action against any organ of the party adding that only the National Executive Committee (NEC) had the powers to dissolve a state executive for good reasons.
Shown said there was no basis for the action since the reconciliation by Chief Solomon Lar was still on and had not been exhausted before the action.
However, spokesman of the Mangni faction, Mr. Sylvanus Namang, said the dissolution of the executive of the two factions would pave way for proper reconciliation and strengthening the party ahead of the 2011 elections.
He expressed the confidence of the faction in those appointed into the caretaker committee of the party to rebuild and solidify the party.
Although the national leadership of the party had asked former PDP national chairman Chief Solomon Lar to reconcile the two groups, a meeting scheduled for last Friday could not hold over disagreement on venue.