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Politics of Thursday, 25 November 2021


Three factions dangerous to PDP’s chances in Kaduna - Sambo’s aide

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A former Senior Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to ex-Vice President Namadi Sambo, Umar Sani, has raised the alarm over the existence of three factions in the Kaduna State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party.

Sani said this while briefing newsmen in Kaduna on Wednesday.

According to him, the situation has become dangerous to the party’s chances in forthcoming elections in the state.

He, therefore, appealed to Senator Bukola Saraki-led PDP National Reconciliation Committee, to visit the state in order to avert an impending implosion.

The former presidential aide said, one of the three factions was led by his principal, ex-VP Namadi Sambo, a former governor of the state, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, and the third group, The Restoration Movement, was being led by one Imam Lawal, an ally of Makarfi.

Sani said, “This is very dangerous for the party in the state and Nigeria. The party has bright chances in the state and by extension in the country come 2023 but the party needs to put its house in order before the general election.

“The essence of 2023 is for a fair contest and for parties to win power. If our party does not check its excesses, Nigerians are watching and will decide. If we (PDP) miss this chance, it will be difficult to grab power again.”

Reacting to this claim, the state PDP Publicity Secretary, Abraham Catoh, said there were no factions in the state chapter of the party.

Catoh said, “Yes. It’s usual for politicians of a particular party to have different interests from each other, that is why we are mortals. Even in a family, it happens. But it doesn’t mean that the family or party is factionalised.”