The Plateau State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party has been divided following what some elders of the party in the state described as the manipulation of the delegates list by Governor Jonah Jang.
Our correspondent gathered that the elders had relocated to Abuja to protest against the hijacking of the election materials by suspected agents of the state government.
Among the elders, who have disagreed with the outcome of the congress, are a former chairman, Prof. Dakum Shown from Pankshin; Danjuma Maina from Mangu; Group Capt. Danyil Kanke(retd.), all from from Central zone; Ambassador B. C. Selchun, Langtang North; Ahmed Abdullahi, Wase, John Dafa’an from Qua’an Pan, all from the Southern zone and elder Bulus Dareng from northern zone.
The elders are said to have beeen joined by former Deputy Senate President, Ibrahim Mantu, and former Governor Joshua Dariye.
They are also said to be preparing a petition to the National Assembly, asking the lawmakers to intervene as it did in Akwa Ibom and Adamawa states.
It was learnt that the aggrieved elders opposed the emergence of any governorship candidate from the Northern zone, insisting on the zoning arrangement, where the southern zone had been penciled to produce the next governor.
The governor is said to have shown preference to the Senator, presenting Plateau North, Mr. Gyang Pwajok, a decision that is said to be generating furore.
One of the elders, who spoke to our correspondent on Wednesday, Mr. Toma Davou, said it was wrong for the governor to contemplate presenting another candidate from the Northern zone when he, (Jang), from the northern zone, is about completing his term.