Amidst protests, the Adamawa chapter of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, on Saturday conducted its State Congress to elect new executives.
During the congress, Tahir Shehu emerged the new chairman, while Abdullahi Prambe emerged the Secretary.
Others elected are Hamza Bello as Organising Secretary, Altine Inuwa as Women Leader and Sam Zadock as the Publicity Secretary.
In his remarks after taking the oath of office, Mr Shehu appreciated the party delegates for electing him and extended the hand of fellowship to all members.
Mr Shehu also promised a renewed move to reclaim the state and federal governments for the PDP.
“Today we have conducted our state congress and you have graciously elected me and my colleagues to lead the party for the next four years.
“We wish to assure you that we shall not betray your trust. Be rest assured that we shall abide by the constitution of our great party and also allow for level playing ground for every bona fide member,” Mr Shehu said.
In his remark, the National Vice Chairman North East Zone, Emmanuel Njuwa, who stood in for the National Caretaker Chairman of the party, Ahmad Makarfi, congratulated the newly elected executive and tasked them on rejigging PDP in the state by carrying everyone along.
“You have a great task to deliver PDP in 2019. From today, you must work out a formula for PDP to regain power in Adamawa and at the centre.
“Adamawa is a traditional PDP state and we must join hands and unite to succeed,” Mr Njuwa said.
But in a swift reaction, a group of PDP chieftains led by Umar Ardo described the Saturday’s congress as “charade and jamboree that will not be accepted.”
Mr Ardo in a statement said, “Already there is court order that stopped the purported congress, and that’s why we all boycotted it.
“You can’t build house without having foundation and that’s why we will continue to fight this fraud and child’s play,” said Mr Ardo.
It could be recalled that Adamawa is one of the seven states where PDP dissolved all executives and appointed caretaker committees to conduct ward, local government and state congresses.