Crises Threatens Nomination For Kogi State National Assembly Primaries
The twin evil of impunity and imposition of candidates that caused the People’s Democratic Party’s electoral misfortune in 2015 is imminent, as aspirants are threatening fire and brimstone in kogi and several other states as build up to 2019 general elections.
A forum of PDP Aspirants for political offices in the 2019 general elections in kogi state led by Hajia (Bar.) Halima Alfa has warned that it might be compelled to work against the interest of the party in 2019 general elections if the party goes ahead with it’s planned imposition of candidate’s on the people of the state.
While venting their anger yesterday in a press conference at Grand Hotel, Abuja, the group demanded a level play field where a transparent, free and fair primary election is conducted for a credible candidate to emerge for all positions.
The forum faulted the PDP opposition party National Working Committee for its complicity with sitting Federal Law Makers (FLM) to grant them a ‘right of first refusal’ as a plot to rob other credible party members and aspirants for the House of Representative and Senate for the three senatorial districts in the state, with a promise to resist it.
Alfa said, “Our attention has been drawn to the clandestine scheme by some Senior officials of the People’s Democratic Party at the National Level to organise predetermined and prearranged manipulated Primary Election aimed at anointing/nominating some party members as candidates of the party in the 2019 General Elections in contravention with the extant party guidelines, the Electoral Act and the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 ( as amended)”.
“The PDP Constitution 2018 (as amended) provides that party primaries must comply with Fundamental Human Rights provisions in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and that guidelines of the party for Primary Elections must comply with the Electoral Act and the Constitution”.
The group warned on the lack of internal democracy, impunity and adherence to party Guidelines, Constitution and principles of democracy that caused implosion in the party and it’s losses in the 2015 polls.
The group therefore demanded that the party should ensure transparency, equity, fair play and justice in all the primary elections in a build up to the 2019 General Elections to avoid fragmentation of the party.
It also reiterated that all the aspirants for the National Assembly seats under the party shall collectively and wholeheartedly work for the interest of the party and duly nominated candidates, promising that anything contrary is an invitation for implosion against the party” s interests.