…Says, “Those creating problems not real members.”
by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
Kaduna State People’s Democratic Party, PDP, chairman, Hon. Hassan Felix Hyet, has revealed the real reasons Senator Suleiman U. Hunkuyi and six others were recently suspended from the party in Kaduna state.
Speaking to journalists in an interview on Thursday in his residence in Kaduna, the caretaker committee chairman, Hassan Hyet, revealed that Senator Hunkuyi has a long history of dumping the party each time he contested governorship elections and lost.
He also revealed that the Senator flouted the party’s rule in 2019 elections, stressing that rather than contesting for senatorial seat as a decampee, Hunkuyi contested for governor as well as senatorial seat against the MoU between him and the party’s national body officials.
“Senator Hunkuyi contested governorship elections in 2023, 2007 and 2011 against Mohammed Makarfi, Namadi Sambo and Patrick Ibrhaim Yakowa and lost all. And when he contested and lost, he’ll disappear until the next round of the election before he’ll come back for contest claiming to be the best candidate at all times,” he said.
The chairman also stated that all those creating problems in the party are not real members but decampees that belong to the former Senator Suleiman Hunkuyi’s camp.
Our correspondent, who was part of the interview, reported that the party in the state suspended Senator Suleiman Hunkuyi and six others for alleged “anti-party activities” penultimate last two weeks.
The state chairman, Hyet, also disclosed that the state party believed that the trouble makers in the party are creating problems simply to ensure that the party does not do well in the local government elections next year, even though he could not agree on whether they are moles in the party as spoilers.
“90 percent of them are not original members of PDP; they are all decampees, especially his own (Hunkuyi) group. Those, who didn’t decamp with him, are not causing us any problem at all, only those attached to him.
“You know that the three years’ tenure of the local government chairmen will end next year; so, I don’t think their issue now is about 2023 but an issue of local government elections because that is the bedrock of politics. So, they think, if they mess us up, we have nothing to do, and while the party has nothing to present at the local government elections it means that we will be completely disadvantaged. “Therefore, we believed that they are only in PDP to create problems,” he said.
He further explained that supporters of the party that never weaver have been sending text messages and calling him to give their advice on ways forward to end the crisis rocking the party at the state level after the state congress but none from Hunkuyi’s camp.
He added that the decision to suspend the airing members would serve as disciplinary measures and as deterrent to other would-be members of that party.