By Barnabas Manyam, Yola
Adamawa chapter of the newly registered Advanced People’s Democratic Alliance (APDA) has petitioned the state police command over alleged impostors parading themselves as executives of the party in the state.
The petition signed by state chairman of the party, Alhaji Umar Bello Jada and Secretary, Mr Sunday Joshua Wugira, was addressed to the state Commissioner of Police and copied the State Director Security Services, State Resident Electoral Commissioner (INEC) and his counterpart of Adamawa State Independent Electoral Commissioner (ADSIEC).
The petition which was made available to newsmen in Yola, called on the party in Adamawa state to disregard any purported statement from Dr. Raymond Dokpesi or any other party
It accused one Jerrry Amisa Julde and some people of going round claiming to be the state party executives.
“We write on behalf of the State Executive of APDA, Adamawa State Chapter following the unwholesome and undemocratic activities of some select few ‘soldiers for hire’ in recent weeks under the leadership of one Jerry Amisa Julde parading themselves as the State Executives of our party.”
While noting that the party constitution does not provide room for faction, the petition noted that party in the state decided to write the police as a law abiding party that has respect for rule of law.
“We are taking this step to write you as law abiding citizens who believe in the rule of law as opposed to brigandage and riotousness. Our party, founded on the prism of law and order, has carefully and meticulously taken all steps condition precedent to having an interim leadership for the party at all levels in Nigeria as enshrined in our constitution.
“It is in this regard that the leadership of the party at the center has written to the state chairman, Hon. Umar Bello Jada, appointing him as the State Interim chair of the party vide a letter dated 11th June, 2017 and signed by the National Chairman of the party,” the petition stated.
Jada who spoke to newsmen on the petition tendered his appointment letter as the chairman of the party signed by the national chairman, Mallam Shittu-Kabir Mohammed, adding that the move to create leadership crisis in the party was started by Chief Raymond Dokpesi whom he alleged had moved back to People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
Jada said that the failed attempt by Dokpesi to merge APDA with PDP which was rejected by APDA seemed to have annoyed Dokpesi who was now out to create crisis in the party.
Jada urged members of the party in the state to remain steadfast and focused in building the party which he said has continued to attract follower ship in the state.
The Adamawa Police Command has confirmed receipt of the petition while effort to get the reaction of Jerry Amisa Julde did not yield result.