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Crisis in PDP over board appointments

By Henry Umoru
BUJA — COMPOSITION of members and chairmen of board of federal parastatals is already causing a rift at the Wadata Plaza, National Secretariat of  Peoples Democratic Party, PDP,  where members of the National Working Committee, NWC are being accused of cornering some juicy positions.

This crisis came barely a week after the rift between the National Chairman of the party,  Alhaji Bamanga Tukur and the National Secretary, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola was “settled” with the sack of the Chief of Staff to the National Chairman, Alhaji Habu Fari.

It was gathered that members of the party were aggrieved that members of the NWC had concluded plans to distort the Presidency’s arrangement where some board appointments allotted the party are to be shared among members in the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

It was also gathered that when the National Secretariat received a memo for board appointment allocation, Tukur had asked his former Principal Secretary, Habu Fari, to share the appointments equitably, but problem started when Oyinlola insisted that the duty of sharing the offices was his responsibility as the Chief Administrative and Accounting Officer of the party and, therefore, forcefully seized the process from Habu Fari.

On learning of the development, Tukur was said to have ordered Oyinlola to return the file to him, and there were complaints of “short changing of members of the party in the sharing of the federal appointments.”

Following the development, it was also gathered that other zones of the federation were not happy with the sharing of the offices against the backdrop that the North-East was said to have got an upper hand in the allocation over other zones.

According to a source, the move has angered some of the members of the party from the North Central and South-East who complained of poor allocation of the boards appointment, especially with what was described as “inconsequential boards given to South-East.”

Also expressing his reservation over the sharing process, a member from the North Central, who spoke with journalists on condition of anonymity, stressed that there was no equity in the sharing and distribution of the board appointments.

According to the source, “the NWC members have cornered the juicy boards as chairmen and members, while we were recommended for offices like the National Theatre and other cultural affairs offices.

“We want to know the membership of such boards such as National Airspace Management Agency, NAMA, Federal Road Maintenance Agency, FERMA, where the Special Adviser, Political to the National Chairman, Alhaji Ahmed Gusau is part of.”

The source noted that the sharp practices in the boards were designed to favour a particular state in the North-East to the disadvantage of other states of the federation.


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