By Matthew Onah in Yola
The crisis in the Adamawa state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), took a turn for the worse at the weekend, as the party lost the bye-election into the local government councilorship seat in the electoral ward of the incumbent deputy Governor of the state.
The bye-Election, which was conducted into three wards in Lamourde, Guyuk and Shelleng Local Government Areas by the Adamawa state Independent Electoral Commission, SIEC, saw the party losing the Lamourde ward in controversial circumstances, throwing up the existing cleavages and factionalisation within the state ruling party.
Speaking to press, the state PDP organizing secretary, Alhaji Hamza Madagali, acknowledged the fact that the party lost the election in a high profile constituency like Lamourde ward, describing it as unfortunate.
‘’The PDP is going back to the drawing board to unravel the various forces that led to the party losing the ward’’. It is unfortunate, it is a minus for us and we are going to backtrack on the process to see if we can repair the mistake for the sake of future elections’’.
Hamza, denied that division within the party led to their loss, adding that however, they would do a post-mortem.
Hamza’s denial came against the background of the fact that a sitting member of the House of Representatives on the PDP party platform, from the constituency, was alledged to have engaged in open campaign for the opposition APC candidate, who won the bye election.
The party organizing secretary said however that the victory of the opposition candidate was as a result of the resolve of the Governor Fintiri not to interfere in the electoral process.
Both the incumbent Deputy Governor, Seth Crowder, and the Honourable Member representing Demsa, Numan and Lamourde, Barr. Loari Kwamoti, are believed to be at daggers-drawn in political fued.
Also speaking on the controversial loss of the PDP in the bye-elections, a PDP stalwart in Lamourde local government area, Abraham Waduku, attributed the loss to the ambitions of Honourable Member, whom he alleged was working assiduously to replace the deputy Governor in 2023.
Waduku questioned the propriety of the party leadership engaging in feud that are counter productive.