Some stakeholders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kano State have rejected the recent dissolution of the state executives of the party.
The stakeholders, including Malam Ibrahim Shekarau, Ambassador Aminu Wali, Senator Bello Hayatu Gwarzo and others who made their decision known yesterday at the PDP secretariat in Kano where they led thousands of their supporters to express their dismay.
There were insinuations that the decision to sack the Kano PDP executive was to accommodate the interest of ex-governor Rabiu Kwankwaso who recently dumped the APC for PDP, threw his hat into the presidential contest and is working to dislodge Governor Abdullahi Ganduje by sponsoring a candidate from the opposition party.
Speaking on behalf of the three PDP big wings, Engineer Sarki Labaran, who led the crowd to the party secretariat, said PDP stakeholders in the state would not accept the decision taken by the national headquarters regarding Kano executives.
Labaran said it was unfortunate that those at the helm of affairs in Abuja were trying to return the practice of impunity in the party several years after its departure.
He said, “Kano stakeholders will not accept this illegality. We will not allow some people to destroy the party under our watch. What the PDP national leadership did was illegal and unacceptable. We have rejected it in totality.”
Also speaking, a former speaker of Kano State House of Assembly, Alhaji Gambo Sallau, challenged the PDP national leadership to publicize the reasons that warranted the dissolution of the Kano State party executives.
He said, “If the PDP national leadership insists on the dissolution of Kano executives, the national leadership should also be dissolved because they were brought to office by the state executives.
“Unless this is done, we will not consider anybody as leader of PDP in Kano apart from Mas’ud El-Jibril Doguwa. Nobody has the power to dissolve the executives without following the laid down provisions of the party constitution.”
When contacted, Senator Mas’ud El-Jibril Doguwa described the peaceful protest as a welcome development, noting that “Up till this time that I am speaking with you, nobody has communicated to me officially that I was removed from office.
“Constitutionally, I must be informed the type of offence I have committed and I must be given fair hearing. But in this case, I was not told about any offence. I am not aware of any panel set up by the PDP to investigate me on any offence. What the PDP did is illegality and we will not accept it.
“We should not be removed from office with disrespect and embarrassment. When we assumed office, there was no PDP in Kano. I sacrificed my business premises for the PDP, so I deserve respect from the party,” he said.