By Wole Mosadomi
Minna— The All Nigeria Peoples’ Party, ANPP, in Niger State has now broken into two factions with one headed by a former member of the state House of Assembly, Afiniki Dauda, while the other is led by a one-time Commissioner for Health in the state, Hajiya Jummai Mohammed.
Addressing newsmen at the Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida, IBB, Pen House in Minna, the state capital, yesterday, Hajiya Mohammed asked Dauda’s faction not to see itself as authentic since it was not legally backed by the constitution of the party.
She also said that media publications referring to the Dauda’s group as an “Interim Management Committee” was not only malicious but baseless and bad intentioned.
“The ANPP constitution does not recognize or provide for an Interim Management Committee as a substitute to or a replacement of a state executive committee,” She added, quoting Section 85 of the Electoral Act 2010, as amended, which enjoins political parties to give to the Independent Electoral Commission, INEC, 21 days notice of any meeting scheduled for the purpose of electing or selecting a governing body of such a party at any level.
She pointed out that it was never adhered to by those who purportedly held the meeting that elected the Dauda committee.
“Worse still, the appointees of the so-called Interim Management Committe were neither democratically selected nor elected which contravenes S.85(3) of the Electoral Act 2010,” she added.
She submitted that the entire process, if any, was shrouded in secrecy and tainted with mischief and prejudice and was aimed at creating disaffection among party members with ultimate goal of scuttling the merger effort currently gaining ground in the state.
Hajiya Dauda mentioned four of the factionalized group members currently serving the present PDP government in the state which she said was a pointer that there was fowl play in the entire process.
Those servicing the PDP and who are still members of the factionalized group are Adamu Saidu Erena, Senior Special Assistant political mobilization; Alhaji Usman Kwatu, Special Assistant Grassroot Mobilization; Alhaji Masud Musa Tanko, Special Assistant Grassroots mobilization and Usman Musa, special Assistant Grassroot mobilization, while another top notcher of the party, Hussain Umar is also serving the present PDP administration in the state as Honorary Adviser, Legal matters.
She then concluded that the entire members of the ANPP in the state have resolved to reject the Interim Management headed by Afiniki.