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Katsina PDP crisis deepens as Uli-led faction goes to court

The crisis rocking the Katsina State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has taken a new dimension as the Lawal Uli-led faction has approached…

The crisis rocking the Katsina State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has taken a new dimension as the Lawal Uli-led faction has approached a federal high court seeking an injunction restraining the newly inaugurated state chairman, Lawal Magaji, from functioning in that capacity.

The National Working Committee (NWC) of the party had affirmed the Lado-led factional chairman, Alhaji Lawal Magaji (Danbaci) and was officially taken to office last Sunday.

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Katsina PDP crisis deepens as Uli-led faction goes to court

But in a telephone chat with our correspondent yesterday, Barr. Mustapha Shittu Mahuta, the state Legal Adviser of the party said, “We went to court for a declaration and injunction. We filed a motion ex parte seeking to restrain the Lado-led factional chairman from further holding himself as state chairman.

“But the court directed that we should put them on notice, which we actually did. The court said it wants to hear from all sides, so it adjourned to November 29 for the hearing of the motion on notice.

“Salisu Yusuf Majigiri is just contesting to be elected as a member of the House of Reps for the Mashi/Dutsi constituency. He has not yet assumed office as a member of the House of Reps. So the constitution does not preclude him from contesting, being the chairman.

“But nevertheless, it was on moral ground that he transmitted a letter to the NWC, telling them that because he is contesting, he wants to step aside so that the deputy chairman can act in his stead, pending the outcome of the election,” he said.

He said that it was based on that ground that the NWC transmitted a letter to Hon. Lawal Uli to act, but surprisingly, the same NWC, in less than a month, had sent another letter of appointment to another person.