By Tordue Salem
ABUJA – The Plateau State Eldersâ€™ Consultative Forum has written President Umaru Yarâ€™Adua, asking him to restrain the partyâ€™s National Chairman, Chief Vincent Ogbulafor, from stirring up fresh trouble in the crisis-prone state ahead of the 2011 elections.
The Forum in a letter addressed to the President yesterday and signed by the National Coordinator, Mr. Anderson Boka, and the Secretary-General, Bishop Dr. Musa Pam, warned of a crisis waiting to explode on Plateau, if the President did not quickly intervene to guide the partyâ€™s acivities in the state.
â€œWe are compelled to draw the attention of our President Umaru Musa Yarâ€™Adua and the general public to the anti-democratic activities of the National Chairman of PDP, Prince Vincent Ogbulafor in our dear Plateau State which we condemn in all ramifications for fear of a deepening crisis that may consume the state.
â€œWhen President Yarâ€™Adua came into power two years ago, Nigerians heaved a sigh of relief because he promised to pursue rule of law and functional democracy, as against the previously infamous â€˜garrison politicsâ€™ that scandalised his ruling party, PDP.
â€œBut the hand of PDP clock is again ticking towards plunging the state into another round of crisis. We the elders of Plateau State hereby express our disenchantment with the development, which we fear is another script merely played out by Prince Ogbulafor,â€ they stated in part,” theÂ Forum said.
The Group observed that the President as the Leader of the ruling party, could not feign ignorance of the goings-on in the state, which is just fresh from its third religious crisis in eight years.
â€œTo say that President Yarâ€™Adua may be unaware of these unholy activities is another fallacy. Two years after a state Exco was constituted as led by Professor Dakum Shown, its amazing that another group of elements would just wake up to name their team of Exco and be recognised and given attention as a desirable faction by Prince Ogbulafor-led PDP.
â€œThe predicament of Plateau State PDP is akin to the biblical story of two women, one with a living child and the other with a dead one. Even King Solomon with all his exacting royalty could decipher the truth from the sinister.
Just the same way the sinister woman wanted the living baby knifed into two parts, so also the Chief Emmanuel Mangi-led faction and their cohorts picked joy in the entire State Exco (led by Professor Shown) being dissolved.
This, obviously was the objective of the factional group, who had the support of former Governor Joshua Dariye and others,” the group said.