A fresh crisis has rocked the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Bauchi State following the suspension of the state chairman, secretary and 16 others on allegations of abuse of office by the party’s working committee.
State Chairman of the party, Ibrahim Yaro Yaro, and the Secretary, Sama’ila Burga, have on the other hand suspended some members of the State Working Committee, SWC.
The SWC members had issued a query to the chairman and secretary to account for N800 million allegedly belonging to the party and gave a 12-hour deadline to reply.
Before the expiration of the deadline, however, Yaro announced the suspension of some members of the SWC.
When the SWC did not receive any response from the chairman and secretary, they held another meeting last Friday and appointed Alhaji Musa Haruna Shitu as acting chairman and Barrister Mukhtar Abubakar as acting Secretary.
Speaking to newsmen at the end of their meeting, Shitu said the executive committee members were suspended because of their inability to account for over N800 million generated from membership dues deducted monthly from the salaries of former political appointees of the state government as their contribution towards running the affairs of the party, which were lodged in two banks.
He alleged that the two officers spent the money without the knowledge of the executives and without following the laid down rules of spending as enshrined in the party constitution.
Shitu explained that Burga had resigned his appointment as state secretary of the party when he contested the position of the State Deputy Governorship candidate of the party in the last general election.
He said the committee that would investigate the allegations had been constituted and advised the party members to remain calm and wait for the outcome of the investigation into the allegations of abuse of office against the two officers.
Shitu described their suspension by Yaro as null and void because as chairman, he has no right to suspend anyone.
Addressing a press conference separately, Burga said the alleged missing money was for running the affairs of the party. He explained that all the members of the Working Committee signed and collected money for one activity or the other and described their suspension as null and void, because it was against the law of the party