Attempt by the national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Bamanga Tukur to reconcile the warring factions of the Taraba State chapter of the party has suffered a setback as Governor Danbaba Suntai has failed to honour the invitation of the PDP national secretariat.
There had been a face-off between Suntai and Senators Aisha Alhassan (Taraba North) and Abubakar Tutare (Taraba Central) over the non-conduct of congresses in the state which prompted the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to write to the PDP demanding fresh congresses in the state.
Responding to several complaints made by aggrieved PDP members led by Senators Aisha and Tutare, the PDP deputy national secretary had on September 17 summoned Suntai and the two senators to a meeting with the National Working Committee members at Tukur’s residence.
According to the deputy national secretary, the meeting scheduled for 22 September “was to seek ways of the various interests affecting the cohesion of the party in Taraba state”.
The failure of the governor to attend the reconciliatory meeting was said to have prompted both senators to write another petition to the PDP national secretariat insisting that the party organized fresh congresses in the state to take over from the executives appointed by the governor as earlier directed by INEC.
Contacted, the state chairman of the PDP, Victor Bala Kona, denied knowledge of any reconciliation between the governor and the two senators at the instance of the national secretariat.
Kona also said there was no crisis within the state chapter of the party, saying the state congress of the party that brought his exco into office was not flawed as observed by INEC.