By Muzakkir Rabiu Hotoro & Sani Saidu T/Wada
Let me in the first place assert that rule of law, fairness, freedom, equity and justice are some of the precious attributes of democracy under which the PDP chairman, Chief Prince Uche Secondus came in as the chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Justice more especially, is what you promised and struggled to establish when you were campaigning to become chairman of the party.
Obviously sir, we think we have the duty as some of those who actively canvassed for you to remind you what you promised during your campaign for the chairmanship. Justice is said to be done if party members are given equal chance to participate in the just concluded party primaries as well as equity in how the party is run in general.
Unfortunately what we witnessed within the period of September-October can only be described as elections at the level or even lower than those conducted in “Banana Republics”. Taking the main point of our earlier open letter to you on 6/12/2018 concerning the seven gubernatorial aspirants that purchased nomination forms and subjected themselves to the screening process in the Kaduna zonal office of the party, can you say that justice was done? With the unfolding events in Kano state today is your conscience clear, Mr chairman?
Secondly where is the justice in the unconstitutional dissolution of the Kano State executive structure of the party despite a substantive court order of 28th August 2018 that directed the applicants and the respondents to maintain status quo ante, pending the determination of the motion on notice? Or is the Imposition of Kwankwaso’s son in-law as the gubernatorial candidate of the party as well as the party’s inability to conduct free and fair primaries that triggered party members to challenge the processes in court your idea of equitable leadership?
As stated in earlier write ups even the National Legal Adviser of the PDP is overwhelmed by the sheer number of court cases before him resulting from the party primaries and the illegal tampering of the party structure in states, the sheer number alone is unprecedented and goes to show the level of your competence as the leader of our party, this I must point out surely is one of our party’s lowest points since inception with regards to our internal democracy. In light of the above the best action I would advise you to take is to withdraw all objections/defence of the pending court cases filed by various aggrieved members against the party and offer genuine reconciliation to the affected parties immediately. Doing this will control the damage caused by the ineptitude of the party leaders at the national level and the political brouhaha that has already reared its ugly head in the Kano State chapter of the PDP.
Moreover, I once again posit that before your coming and the interference of the national leadership in Kano State, we were the party to beat, we had both the government on the 1 hand and all the other parties on the other on the proverbial ropes and the knock out would have been certain, swift and final! The dubious and illegal actions taken by you Uche Secondus and Kwankwaso arbitrarily forced Malam Ibrahim Shekarau, the National Deputy Treasurer, National SSA on Media and subsequently Malam S.S.Takai, Prof. Hafiz Abubakar, Gen. Danbazau Rtd, Aminu Dabo, Rt hon. Gambo Sallau, Bala Gwagwarwa and many other Contestants to the Senate, House of Representatives and state assemblies to leave the party.
The PDP in Kano is in serious disarray as a result of the rift, disunity, friction massive defections and marginalization of some members. Your Golden boy Kwankwaso is barreling headfirst to a major defeat at the polls, his camp has never been so split with major players in the Kwankwassiya movement (some of which were mentioned above) jumping ship and a much greater number biding their time waiting to strike at him due to the same imposition and lack of morality shown to the party members that were met in the PDP. All of this sir was orchestrated by you and if left unchecked, will affect the fortunes of the party in the forthcoming general elections.