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Senator dumps PDP, cites problems with state governor

The Campaign Director of Gov. Ibrahim Dankwambo in the 2015 governorship election in Gombe State, Sen. Saidu Umar-Kumo, has dumped the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Umar-Kumo said at a news conference in Gombe on Monday, that he is no longer a member of the party.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the senator, a former National Secretary of the defunct All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP), said he had not decided yet which party to join.
“I want to inform the general public especially members of the PDP in Gombe State, North East and Nigeria at large that as from today I am no more with the PDP, I withdraw my membership from the party.
“I will formally write to my local government office of the party, the state and the national headquarters of my decision.
“Before then, let the general public know that I have withdrawn my membership from the PDP, I am no more with the PDP from today.
“I hope my leaving PDP will create opportunity for others who think maybe my presence in PDP in Gombe in particular is that I am not doing well to them,” he said.
Umar-Kumo said that he had no problem with the party at the state and national level, but with the state governor.
“What I discovered is that the governor of the state doesn’t need me in PDP. They do everything humanly possible to get me out of PDP through him, especially he and his subjects.
“Those who think I am a stumbling block to certain things in the PDP in Gombe State let me give them the chance.”
According to him, he is not yer ready to declare for any other party, “I am not declaring for any political party now, I want to take my time to study the political arena, I want to study the other political parties existing to see which I will join,” he said.
Reacting to the development, Umar Suleiman, the state Commissioner of Information denied that Umar-Kumo was pushed out of PDP by the governor.
“As far as we are concerned nobody pushed him out of the party, maybe he has his own mission behind his withdrawal,” he said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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