Violence mars PDP zonal congress in Kaduna

…Ex-ministers Gana, Abah, 4 others rejoin Party

The moves to elect zonal officers of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), for the North-West zone yesterday ended abruptly in Kaduna, as it was marred by violence.

The chaos erupted when supporters, identified as thugs, of the major contenders clashed at the Kaduna International Trade Fair complex, which was the venue of the event, forcing people to flee.

The two main contenders for the position of National Vice-Chairman for the North-West zone are Senator Bello Hayatu Gwarzo and Aminu Wali.

It was gathered that the major cause of the mayhem was about who emerges as the Zonal vice chairman of the party in the zone, which comprises seven States of Kano Katsina, Kaduna, Jigawa, Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara.

The two top contenders, Senator Bello Hayatu Gwarzo and Muhammad Jamo Yusuf are both from Kano State.

According to a source, the thugs, suspected to be sponsored by one of the aspirants, destroyed the boxes and other materials like the ballot papers, including those cast.

The Police spokesman, ASP Muhammad Jalige, said the situation was under control as normalcy had been restored.

Meanwhile, at zonal congress yesterday, Former Minister of Information, Prof. Jerry Gana has rejoined the Party, alongside five other notable former members who left the party prior to the 2019 general elections.

Others who got readmitted at the zonal congress held yesterday in Makurdi, the Benue State capital, were: Another ex-minister, Humphery Abah, Amb. Esther Audu, Mr. Adakole Ijogi and Amb. Bagudu Hillson.

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