Internal crisis of the Peoples Democratic Party played on the North-west zonal congress of the party on Saturday as eruption hit Kaduna.
At the congress, supporters of the Governor of Sokoto State and Aminu Tambuwal reportedly fought with those of a former Governor of Kano State, Rabiu Kwankwaso at the congress which unexpectedly stopped the process.
The warring supporters destroyed ballot boxes before voting could start, forcing observers and other officials to flee the scene.
TOS News learnt that the PDP held congresses on Saturday across Nigeria to elect party officers for five of the six zones of the country except South-west that has been rescheduled for Monday.
The main subject of the dispute was the position of zonal National Vice Chairman.
Kwankwaso is at odds with former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Aminu Wali, who leads a rival faction of the PDP in Kano.
Kwankwaso also on Saturday accused Tambuwal of meddling in the affairs of the party in Kano as part of preparation for the 2023 presidential race.
“Its unfortunate that Mr Tambuwal in his opinion doesn’t want us from the Kwankwasiyya faction to be elected for the positions,” Kwankwaso said.
“We heard the report that Mr Tambuwal purchased the form for Senator Hayatu Gwarzo, a man whom we had accused of anti-party activities in Kano. All these are part of his preparation for 2023. They are making efforts to whittle down our support,” He added.