*Says Party Flouted Rules On Guber, National Assembly Primaries In Adamawa
A stakeholder in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Adamawa state, Senator Grace Bent has advised the party to urgently correct the anomaly in the governorship and National Assembly Primaries in the state, just to prevent what she described as imminent defeat of the party in the coming general election in the state.
Bent said as at today, stakeholders of the PDP in Adamawa state still believe that no primary was held in Adamawa for the election of the governorship and National Assembly candidates for the February polls because those who were eligible to vote during the primary were disenfranchised.
She said, “Besides, none of the governorship and National Assembly aspirants who were cleared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to participate in the primary elections were allowed to contest in the PDP Primaries.
“On This, the Adamawa electorates are yet to come to terms with the kangaroo primary purportedly held in Abuja, and hence would not recognise those fielded as candidates of the PDP for governorship and National Assembly polls because the process which produced them were heavily compromised and flawed”.
The one time Senate Committee Chairman on Environment and Ecology explained that a fake list of delegates was used to elect the governorship and national assembly candidates of the party at the expense of the original list widely subscribed to by all stakeholders.
She faulted the sudden change of venue of the PDP Primaries by the party as unlawful because such was never supported by the PDP Electoral Guidelines for Primary election 2014.
She said the turn of events has pre-disposed PDP to electoral doom in Adamawa, noting that on the strength of disenchantment with the manner the primaries were handled, some key members of the party had defected in droves into another parties.
She alluded to the low turnout of supporters for some of the candidates as they intensify campaign for the February election as a sign that the PDP was fast losing ground in Adamawa.
Said she, “ With the turn of events, the National Headquarters of PDP must do something urgently because the situation is bad for the party. Many PDP members today are moving into other political parties because of the injustice done to them.
“As far as we, stakeholders are concerned, no primary took place in Adamawa.
Those presented as candidates of the party were not elected, but imposed. Besides, they are not capable of winning election because they are not popular”
Senator Bent said the PDP flouted its own Guideline for conduct of Primaries (2014) by ordering the governorship and National Assembly primaries to be conducted in Abuja, rather than in Adamawa where the Guideline recognised.
She said, paragraph 25 of the Electoral guidelines for the Primary election 2015 stipulates that primary election for the Senate should be held only at a designated Senatorial District Headquarters with expectation that all delegates must assemble at the Headquarter for the purpose of election.
She said in compliance with the guideline, all aspirants and officials of INEC had assembled at the designated Headquarters waiting to cast their votes, only for the aspirants to be told there and then that the primary had illegally been taken to Abuja.
She said, “Those who voted in the so called PDP primaries in Abuja, if you cross check were fake delegates. The original delegates were in Adamawa waiting patiently to be voted”.
She dismissed claims by officials of PDP that the Governorship and National Assembly primaries were moved to Abuja because of alleged insecurity of the members of the Electoral Committee sent to conduct the primaries.
She said there was no attempt from any quarter to kidnap any of the PDP Electoral Committee members, as according to her, report that the Chairman was moved into a secret location and locked up by some desperate PDP members was cooked up.
She said the National Secretariat of PDP did not give the stakeholders fair hearing on the development in Adamawa, adding that the excuse adduced was not sufficient for change of venue of the election.