Thu. May 23rd, 2024

Nigeria’s Plateau PDP suffering self inflicted defeat – Ex Gov Tapgun says

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A former Governor of Plateau State, in north central Nigeria, Amb. Fidelis Tapgun has said the defeat suffered by the State People’s Democratic Party (PDP), at the Appeal Court and the Election Petition Tribunal, was self-inflicted, as the party refused to follow the due process of conducting its State Congress.

Tapgun who is also a member of the Board of Trustees (BOT) of the PDP, said a faction of the party who were dissatisfied with the congresses haven been conducted twice, maintained that an internal democracy must be adhered to for all party members to be satisfied.

“The faction has maintained that the Jos High court ruling must be obeyed for every party member to be carried along”, Tapgun said while speaking with journalists in Jos.

“The consistent failure of the party to obey the court order led us to this point. I played a middle man role trying to reconcile the two factions so that the party will do the right thing and avoid this unfortunate embarrassment that has befallen us, but my advice was ignored”, Tapgun said.

Recall that the Appeal Court had sacked all National Assembly members and the Governor of the State, citing that the PDP does not have a valid party structure to sponsor any candidate.

Going by the decision of the court, Tapgun advised Governor Caleb Mutfwang not to bother going to the Supreme Court as that would amount to a waste of time and resources.

“Mutfwang should accept defeat and congratulate the All Progressive Congress candidate in the 2023 governorship elections, Dr. Nentawe Yilwatda Goshwe who by the Appeal Court verdict is now the Governor-elect.

Tapgun also accused the National body of the Party in Abuja for not helping the State chapter to resolve the issue.

“I blame the former National Chairman of our party, Iyorchia Ayu, for sleeping over this matter. I personally approached him on the crises in the State, with the hope that he will use his experience to resolve the issues between the two warring factions, but rather, he chose to listen to Jang who is the reason the party is where it is today.

“Jang’s determination to control the party which led to a power tussle with Jeremiah Useni ( A former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory), gave birth to the whole trouble we are facing today in the party.

“Ayu should not have listened to Jang but would have heed to my advice and we would have silenced the APC for good in the State”, Tapgun emphasized

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