Politics: Ofu PDP Grassroot Mobilisers Petitions Party Zonal Leadership In Kogi East

Accused PDP Ofu Local Government Chairman,Mr Gabriel Itanyi Of Anti Party Activities. A think tank within the members of PDP in Ofu local go...

Accused PDP Ofu Local Government Chairman,Mr Gabriel Itanyi Of Anti Party Activities.

A think tank within the members of PDP in Ofu local government,known as 'PDP Grassroot Mobilisers' has petitioned the zonal Chairman Kogi east  against Ofu PDP chairman,Mr Gabriel Itanyi over anti party activities of the party executive at the local government level.

In a petition jointly signed by five members of PDP each from eleven wards of Ofu local government passed a vote of no confidence over planned endorsement for a second term of the PDP local government party chairman Mr Gabriel Itanyi.

The PDP members in a letter written to the zonal Chairman,kogi esst state chairman captioned 'The Illegal and Purported Endorsement of Mr Gabriel Itanyi As The Sole  PDP Chairmanship,Ofu Local Government Chapter 2021 By An illegay Constiuted Elders Forum' expressed grievances on the illegal formation of elders forum that matamorphosed into the endorsement for continuity of Mr Gabriel Itanyi as Ofu PDP local government Chairman.

The PDP group maintaind that there was a gross allegations of anti party activities, financial recklessness,gross abuse of power among others against the local government party Chairman,Mr Gabriel Itanyi..

The petitioners said there was a glaring romance with top notcher of APC in the local government and federal board member to concede party support base to favour APC Senatorial hopeful,Elder Ubolo Okpanachi in 2023 who is from the local government.

They prayed among others the dissolution and reconstitution of the elders forum in Ofu as it is only meant to fan the embers of discord, disagreements and crises within the party's rank and files.

The body went down memory lane on the roll call of ascension of party chairmen in Ofu,saying nobody was retained to serve twice,except Alhaji Isah Atumeyi that perfomed exceptionally well and deserved to be rewarded unlike Mr Gabriel Itanyi.

Our prayers:

'On behalf of the PDP members in Ofu Local government, we solicit your effort and we pray as follows:
That the Elders’ Forum constituted by Gabriel Itanyi, PDP Party Chairman be dissolved for the survival of the Party (PDP) in Ofu LGA beyond his tenure.'

'That within 30days of these dissolution a fresh PDP Elders’ Forum in Ofu be constituted in line with the constitution of the Party and all members concerned be inaugurated to avoid party crisis in Ofu.'

'That you should warn all Lokoja and Abuja based Politicians, restaurant and bear palour politicians instituted by Gabriel Itanyi to desist from their 419 game in PDP to allow peaceful participation of majority; and victories of PDP in 2023.'

'Should as a matter of urgent importance draw the attention of the said LGA Party Chairman and the Elders’ Forum leadership to withdraw their “alleged endorsement” to keep the party as one; and stop further provocations which could negate the old time existing peace in the LGA.'

'The State Party leadership should allow interested party aspirants to contest in various positions of their choice for fair play; as we could recall that the current Chairman emerged through ELECTION. Hence, our agitation and anticipation for election as any attempt to impose any candidate on the party shall be openly resisted for credible and acceptable candidate in a fair play at all levels.'

'That Mr. Gabriel Itanyi be called to order by your office to stop parading himself as the consensus candidate of PDP of Ofu as everybody is aware that Congress ward/LGA kick off 25th Sept to 5th October 2021 as published by the National Organizing Secretary of the Party at Wadata Plaza Abuja.'

'That Ofu PDP grassroots mobilizers condemned the purported endorsement of Mr. Gabriel Itanyi by unconstitutional Elders Forum Ofu who have no love for their Party, PDP note that continuity is performance .'

'That Ofu PDP Grassroots mobilizers will serve as peacemaker and ready to defend this petition when called upon.
That any attempt for persons/group of people deliberately wish to ignore this fact has totally prepared ground for thousands of defect from PDP to other Party of their choice. '

The petiitoners also copied two former governor's of kogi state,Alhaji Ibrahim Idris and Capt Idris Wada.





OFU PDP GRASSROOT MOBILIZERS
UGWOLAWO OFU LGA, KOGI STATE


Our Ref………………………….. Your Ref…………………….…..Date…………………….

The State Chairman,
People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

Through:

The Zonal Chairman,
People’s Democratic Party (PDP),
Kogi East Senatorial District,
Kogi State.

Sir,

THE ILLEGAL AND PURPORTED ENDORSEMENT OF MR. GABRIEL ITANYI AS THE SOLE PDP CHAIRMANSHIP CANDIDATE IN OFU LOCAL GOVERNMENT CHAPTER’S CONGRESS 2021 BY AN ILLEGALLY CONSTITUTED ELDERS’ FORUM OF PDP.

We the undersigned Party members wish to register our grievances to the Party leadership on the illegal formation of PDP ELDERS’ FORUM OFU Local Government Chapter and the unpopular and unconstitutional Endorsement of Mr. GABRIEL ITANYI as PDP sole Chairmanship candidate in 2021 LGA congresses of the Party.

Sir, it might interest you to know that Ofu PDP Elders’ Forum was constituted out of PDP constitution as Amended 2017 as its members were drawn outside the constitution of the party. The PDP chairman Ofu chapter selected some of his favorites to form Elders’ Forum; and out rightly denied some members who should by constitutional means become automatic members relegated to the background for selfish agenda.

Justifiably, ward chairmen and other prominent and popular party leaders at the grassroots who have serve the party consistently were excluded in favour of the self-imposed leaders in Diaspora (Lokoja and Abuja based leaders) who never recognized other party members’ opinion in the party programs, but only visit their wards and polling units during elections without successes.  

Ward chairmen and popular opinion grass root party leaders could testify to this ugly development in our great party which had enjoyed participatory and democratic leadership and followership before the current leadership of Mr. Gabriel Itanyi had succeeded in undermining the roles of the home based party members.

Worse still, Ofu PDP Elders’ Forum had held their several meetings at May Treasure Hotel Lokoja, under the Chairmanship of Hon Igagwu Idris and Mr. Gabriel Itanyi, Party Chairman instead of Ofu Local Government Area Party office if any exists since he emerged the Chairman of the Party in Ofu Local Government Chapter of the Party. This may not be unconnected to his deliberate steps which had continually frustrated any attempt to open a party Office in Ofu LGA.

Undoubtedly, PDP has no party office nor party flags in the Area (Ofu) since Gabriel Itanyi became the Party Chairman in 2017. The PDP Elders’ Forum which was constitutionally mandated to serve as Party Advisory Committee now turns to real faction within the PDP in Ofu thereby taking law into their hands without reference to party constitutional provisions.

The forum dictates and takes unpopular decisions for the Party members and this had no doubt affected the participation of grass root members of the party even while in opposition. The same and current leadership of Elders’ Forum of the Party had already gotten the result of the congresses which are yet to be conducted where the incumbent Chairman, Gabriel Itanyi has said to have been unanimously endorsed for second term without consulting the relevant stakeholders of the party thereby creating tensions and heat in the Party.

Hence, our grievances
Worst still, was the unimaginable roles it played in the December 2020 Council Election where it presented the Chairmanship and Vice Chairmanship candidates from the same District without recognition to other Districts in the Local Government Area; and it also failed to organize meetings of stakeholders in decision making and preparations for the conduct of the Council polls in Kogi State by the Kogi State Independent Electoral Commission (KOSIEC) where PDP meaningful youths across the 11 wards in Ofu came out to participate for Chairmanship and Councillorship positions despite in opposition in Kogi State.

But the Elders’ Forum only turned itself to source funds for selfish interest by collecting money from the following personalities in Ofu and Idah Federal Constituency via Hon. IGAGWU Idris, Mallam Kebiru Mohammed, PDP State Assistant PRO and the PDP Party Chairman Mr. Gabriel Itanyi respectively in favour of themselves and failed the Party (PDP) in the elections as there was no single workable strategy to compel the State Government to conduct nor to win the elections.

For avoidance of doubt Mr. Chairman sir, here is the analysis of the DONORS and the amount donated by each personality:
Dr. Victor Alewo Adoji        -    N600,000.00
Elder Itodo Ubolo            -    N100,000.00
Alh. Aminu Abubakar Suleiman    -    N250,000.00
Hon. Sadiq Ainoko            -    N100,000.00
Hon Ameh                -    N100,000.00
Grand Total:                    
N1, 150,000.00

The total money gathered for the election mobilization of PDP flag bearers was N 1, 150,000.00 and to be used for the election. Chairman, these Elders Forum without fear of God and the interest of PDP candidate in that election gave only N 100,000.00 to the Chairmanship candidate, Hon. Akpa Amodu for “mobilization” and shared the rest N1,150,000.00 among themselves in Lokoja.

In justifying their deliberate frustration of the successes of the Party in elections and their anti-Party game plan, none of these Elders joined PDP candidates to campaign, for the election. WHY?

Mr. Chairman sir, what makes these Elders to be called Elders of the party if they could not be honest and prudent in resource management nor stood by their Party at all levels. Please what qualify people into Elders’ Forum of the Party that grass rooters and other members of the party do not possess? Age, Political appointment, commitment and Political participation, loyalty and stability in the Party or Honesty that they all lack? We are disappointed in the membership of the said Forum of the Party.
Chairman, our petition will not be completed if we fail to reveal the secret of Anti-party activities conducted by these elders who pretended to be PDP in the afternoon but APC at night.

 Sir, majority of these Elders are on the salary scale of some Ofu APC political office holders at various levels.
ELDER UBOLO. I. OKPANACHI: This man was a Federal Board Member, Code of Conduct Bureau, Abuja appointed by APC ruling party and to our greatest surprise, the Elders’ Forum kept romancing with the man by paying their bills via Hon. Igagu Idris and Mallam Kebiru Mohammed (KB), who claim to be PDP spokesman and the LGA Party Chairman who claims to be the father of the Party. WHY?

Recently, the same UBOLO ITODO OKPANACHI who had not officially defected from APC to PDP assembled all the stakeholders of his Party (APC) and the leadership of PDP Elders’ Forum of the Party in Ofu LGA and declared to run for senate 2023 with a donation of N250,000.00 to the Elders’ Forum of the PDP Igagwu and Gabriel Itanyi’s leadership.

Consequently, without consultation with critical stakeholders of the Party at the grass root adopted his (Ubolo’s) candidature for senate by Igagu Idris, Kebiru Moahmmed and Gabriel Itanyi as arrow head while others kept silent (which mean consent) to this political mess. All in Lokoja. Under which party, WHY?

All APC political office holders both State Assembly, House of Representatives and SA/SSA usually romance with these PDP elders in paying visit to their residence to hold black meetings with them in respect to 2023 general election and donation of food items to these unfaithful leaders during Sallah, Christmas and Easter festivity all in the name of party alliance.

Amazingly Chairman, some of these Elders received donation of money from all these APC political office holders ranging from N10,000.00 - N50, 000.00 depending on their political rank. WHY?
Sir, this is purely and truly Anti-party activities on the part of these elders of PDP and we want you to use your good office to verify this allegations and sanction them appropriately if found guilty in line with party constitution to forestall reoccurrence.

Our prayers:

On behalf of the PDP members in Ofu Local government, we solicit your effort and we pray as follows:
That the Elders’ Forum constituted by Gabriel Itanyi, PDP Party Chairman be dissolved for the survival of the Party (PDP) in Ofu LGA beyond his tenure.

That within 30days of these dissolution a fresh PDP Elders’ Forum in Ofu be constituted in line with the constitution of the Party and all members concerned be inaugurated to avoid party crisis in Ofu.

That you should warn all Lokoja and Abuja based Politicians, restaurant and bear palour politicians instituted by Gabriel Itanyi to desist from their 419 game in PDP to allow peaceful participation of majority; and victories of PDP in 2023.

Should as a matter of urgent importance draw the attention of the said LGA Party Chairman and the Elders’ Forum leadership to withdraw their “alleged endorsement” to keep the party as one; and stop further provocations which could negate the old time existing peace in the LGA.

The State Party leadership should allow interested party aspirants to contest in various positions of their choice for fair play; as we could recall that the current Chairman emerged through ELECTION. Hence, our agitation and anticipation for election as any attempt to impose any candidate on the party shall be openly resisted for credible and acceptable candidate in a fair play at all levels.

That Mr. Gabriel Itanyi be called to order by your office to stop parading himself as the consensus candidate of PDP of Ofu as everybody is aware that Congress ward/LGA kick off 25th Sept to 5th October 2021 as published by the National Organizing Secretary of the Party at Wadata Plaza Abuja.

That Ofu PDP grassroots mobilizers condemned the purported endorsement of Mr. Gabriel Itanyi by unconstitutional Elders Forum Ofu who have no love for their Party, PDP note that continuity is performance

That Ofu PDP Grassroots mobilizers will serve as peacemaker and ready to defend this petition when called upon.
That any attempt for persons/group of people deliberately wish to ignore this fact has totally prepared ground for thousands of defect from PDP to other Party of their choice.


MR. GABRIEL ITANYI’S PDP PARTY CHAIRMAN OFU L.G. CHAPTER ADMISNITRATION 2017-2021 (4YRS)
Mr. Gabriel Itanyi from Aloji ward of Ofu LGA came to power as Ofu PDP Party Chairman Nov. 2017 after successful democratic elected Congress at Mount Party Road, Plaza Hotel Lokoja and was inaugurated at Ojodu his residence by State Working Committee of the Party along some stakeholders from Ofu.
Sir, Mr. Gabriel Itanyi who gambled from Gboko and Ofu LGA to administer PDP in OFU failed in his administration as the head of affairs of PDP in Ofu.
Ofu LGA has 11 wards and could you imagine that Gabriel Itanyi had never held any meeting with ward Excos or monitor the activities of ward Excos, nor advising ward Exco in mobilizing people for the party to win election.

PDP is the largest party that ruled for 12 years in office in Kogi State and since Itanyi’s tenure had no identifiable and traceable office accommodation in Ofu LGA, why is our flag not flying, where is the office items bought by leaders of the party, where are our plastic chairs over 250 kept? Gabriel Itanyi administration is questionable because of dishonesty in leadership and in resource management for the successes of the party.

Mr. Gabriel Itanyi in his administration, is a failure to PDP in OFU LGA, as he had continuously lost election in his own polling unit in the last election of Musa Wada except Ugbabo Zone that returned glory to Aloji ward.

Mr. Gabriel Itanyi’s personality and his conduct is an embarrassment to PDP in Ofu. How can the whole party Chairman of great PDP, spends most of his time in the beer palour (24hours) and make unnecessary comments out of alcoholic influence that jeopardized PDP successes in Ofu LGA.
Mr. Gabriel Itanyi’s natural shortcoming cannot manage PDP to a winning team. He is not outspoken, not intelligent, inaccurate, because the function of Party a Chairman at Local Government Area is to supervise, mobilize, monitor party activities/Exco and advise where necessary. Sir, the case of Ofu, is on the contrary, WHY? Simple! One cannot give what he doesn’t have.
Mr. Gabriel Itanyi can selectively call for a meeting during aspirants’ declaration at Ojodu and has never called for way forward meeting of PDP in Ofu since 4 years in office WHY?
Mr. Gabriel Itanyi’s selection of elders Forum is personal and friendly as most of constitutional members were denied of their membership
Mr. Gabriel Itanyi’s attitude towards December 2020 LGC election is questionable. refer to page 1 & 2 of fund donated by Ofu personalities and Idah personalities.
 
Mr. Gabriel Itanyi despite all these donations from Ofu personally collected N10, 000.00 as (aN110, 000.00) administration fees from the Councillorship candidates without receipt why?

Mr. Gabriel Itanyi deliberately refused to attend to all challenges during that December 2020 LGC Election Ofu, as one Councilor from Okula/Allona ward was arrested and man handled Except for God’s intervention, Why? What made him Party leader?  

Advice
Chairman, PDP Umbrella is enough to accommodate all of us but let put a round peg in a round hole. Finally, imposition of candidates has been our major problem right from the birth of PDP till date, so let us discourage imposition and look for the best for our great party PDP because the first aim of political party is to win elections at all level.

Review of past PDP Congress in Ofu LGA since 1999-2017
Chairman, Ofu Local Government area has a peculiar arrangement on how to run its Congresses and tenure of successful past Party Chairmen right from 1999 – 2017 respectively.
 
Sir, none of our past party chairmen spent two tenure except Alh. Isa Atumeyi that was waved to continue due to Governorship re-run 2007 between late, Prince Abubakar Audu and Alh. Ibrahim Idirs and he spent only 6 years, while others had a democratic single tenure of 4 years in office.

Below is the tabular analysis

S/N
NAME
YEAR
TENURE
DISTRICT
WARD

1.
HON YUNUSA ODIBA
1999-2003
4 YEARS
ITOBE
OKOKENY WARD

2.
ALH. ISAH ATUMEYI
2003-2009
6 YEARS
IGALA-OGBA
IBOKO EFAKWU

3.
HON HUSSENI IDACHABA
2009-2012
3 YEARS
ITOBE
OFOKE WARD

4.
HON MOMO UKWENYA
2012-2013
ACTING FOR 1YEAR
ITOBE
OFOKE WARD

5.
HON. IDRIS WAJA ATABO
2013-2017
4 YEARS
IGALA-OGBA
IBOKO EFAKWU

6.
MR. GABRIEL ITANYI
2017-2021
4 YEARS
UGWOLAWO
ALOJI WARD


Sincerely Party faithful,