The internal crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Plateau state has led to the suspension of the chairman and his deputy by the state working committee.
All has not been well with the party’s internal structure since it lost the governorship contest to the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC).
While briefing newsmen at the party secretariat in Jos, the Publicity Secretary of the party, John Akans said: “The Plateau state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has suspended its Chairman, Damishi Sango, Deputy Chairman, Amos Gombi Goyol over alleged diversion of presidential campaign funds and N9.8 million meant for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) during the 2019 general elections”
Akans revealed the suspension of the principal officers has the backing of 16 members of the state working committee of the party, saying that the suspension takes immediate effect.
Reading the letter of suspension to journalists, he said the party’s vice chairman, Northern Zone, Chris Hassan has taken over the leadership of the party as acting chairman, pending conclusion of the disciplinary committee’s investigation of the alleged missing funds.
“The party Chairman, Damishi Sango and his Deputy, Amos Gombi Goyol have been suspended based on the reasons that the resources sent to the state for the presidential elections were not accounted for by the chairman aided by the deputy chairman.
“The chairman concealed the amount sent by the PDP presidential campaign committee and created a fraudulent unseen template used as sharing formula unknown to the state party structure.
“About N5 million raised and saved by the party to help Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) to help relieve their pains were also not accounted for up till this moment.
“No mention has been made of the said funds and it is worthy to note that the deputy chairman is the chairman Committee on IDPs for the party. Also, about N4.8 million meant for the party’s retreat was equally not accounted for by the chairman and the deputy chairman,” he added.
Reacting to the suspension, Sango said he was not aware of all the allegations raised by the party and expressed surprise he was betrayed by people he considered close to him in the party.