BY VICTORIA IKEANO
One-time minister of the federal republic, Barrister Musa Elayo, one of the prominent persons suspended by the Nasarawa PDP following protestations on conduct of the ward and local government congresses said that although the consensus mode was agreed and adopted the method of affirming the results was wrong, hence the reason why some party members are challenging it.
Barrister Elayo stressed that according to the party’s constitution and guidelines, 2020, “affirmations are not done at the state party office but at the wards congresses at each ward. Any breach of not following the procedure in the constitution and the Guidelines, will cost all of us in future elections. This is because these executives and delegates will form the organs that will nominate our candidates for the state and national elections into the offices of local government chairmen, Nasarawa State House of Assembly, House of Representatives, The Senate and offices of the State Governor and his Deputy… If we should win any of these elections and it is challenged in court, we stand the risk of loosing them … That was what happened to APC in Zamfara state”, he maintained.
He asserted that as party elders they would not fold their hands seeing danger ahead and not act, adding that they made above observations known to the state chairman, Francis Orogu and the national headquarters.
When this correspondent asked another prominent member suspended by the party, Chief Solomon Ewuga, a former deputy governor of the state, whether they had dialogued with the party for amicable resolution of their grievances, he said. “It may interest you to know that we had written petitions. But you know when someone is determined on a certain course of action, there is apparently nothing you can do to change his mind”. Chief Ewuga who is also a former minister described the letter of suspension handed him by the party for engaging in ‘anti-party’ activities as “not specific” and “confusing”.
Elayo faulted the suspension letter which was signed by the state secretary, Alhaji Adamu Bako Ninga for not giving him fair hearing as he was not given any opportunity to defend himself while noting that the letter “did not even mention one wrong act that I have done to warrant my suspension”. He opined that he suspected the reason for his suspension was to keep him away from the congresses of which he is a statutory delegate. Ewuga, Elayo and Onawo are challenging their suspension.