A seeming crisis has hit the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Gombe state as one of its strongest chieftain who is the Director-General of its campaign organization, Alhaji Bala Bello Tinka (Tinka Point) is believed to have suddenly dumped the party for the ruling party in the country but in opposition in the state, the All Progressive Party (APC).
It is also believed that the Youth Leader of the party in the State, Alhaji Baba Sani Sakali, has tendered his resignation as the party’s Youth Leader and also announced his defection to the All Progressive Congress party (APC) this Friday, a situation which has caused confusion and panic in the camp of the PDP.
All these are happening just as President Muhammadu Buhari is being expected on a campaign rally to the State on Saturday, 2nd of February when he is billed to also receive all decampees into the party.
A reliable source had confirmed to our correspondent that Alhaji Bala Bello Tinka is no more with the PDP adding that he is being expected to fly back to Gombe tomorrow Saturday (02/02/2019) in the company of President Muhammadu Buhari to be officially received into the APC fold during the President’s campaign rally in the State.
But in a swift reaction to the development, the Peoples Democratic Party Chairman in the State, Joel Adamu Jagafa, had during a press briefing Friday morning announced that it had relieved Alhaji Bala Bello Tinka, its 2019 campaign DG of his appointment following the appearance of his name on the gubernatorial candidate list of the state under the platform of the DPP as released by INEC on Thursday.
A statement by the Party Chairman revealed that the sacking of Alhaji Bala Bello from the campaign organization was with immediate effect following the discovery of Bala Tinka’s name in the list released by INEC of Governorship candidates of Gombe state in the 2019 election under the DPP.
According to the statement, “The attention of the People’s Democratic Party has been drawn to the publication by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of the 2019 general election list of candidates”.
It added that “The subject list has number 29, Alhaji Bala Bello Tinka as the Governorship candidate of Democratic People’s Party (DPP) whom hitherto was the Director-General of the 2019 Gombe state campaign of the party”.
The statement further contained that, “This is a breach of section 10(1) and 58(1) of the People’s Democratic Party constitution (2017 as amended). In view of the foregoing, Alhaji Bala Bello has been relieved of his appointment as Director-General of the 2019 campaign with immediate effect”.
All efforts by our correspondent get Bala Bello Tinka to react to the development proved abortive as he did pick up the calls put through to his phone neither did he reply to the SMS sent to him but one of his friends who did not want his name in print confirmed the development saying that everything will be made public tomorrow (Saturday) when the President visits.
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