The crisis rocking the Plateau State chapter of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has reached a crescendo with the suspension of its chairman, Haruna Dabin.
Mr. Dabin’s suspension was contained in a communiqué issued at the end of the State Executive Committee meeting of the party, which held at the Government House, Rayfield, Jos.
The meeting at the Government House rather than the party secretariat is an indication that Dabin’s suspension had the blessings of the state Governor, Jonah Jang.
Earlier on Monday, police officers sealed the state PDP secretariat apparently to forestall a breakdown of law and order.
Mr. Dabin, who ran into troubled waters in the state ever since he made known his intention to contest the governorship election next year on the platform of the party, had earlier described the SEC meeting as illegal, insisting that he was not aware of and did not call for it.
“An illegal meeting can only produce illegal results”, the embattled chairman said of the meeting which claimed was called by the state party secretary, Pam Saleh.
Monday’s communiqué empowered Mr. Dabin’s deputy, Raymond Davou, to take over the affairs of the party in acting capacity.