10th December, 2014
Seven Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship aspirants in Kebbi State have demanded for the conduct of fresh primary elections over alleged irregularities.
NAN reports that, Mr. Celestine Omehia, who was Chairman of the election committee, announced the suspension of the primaries after the aspirants objected and no result were announced.
The aggrieved aspirants, who met for several hours, outlined their grievances in a communique forwarded to the PDP National Secretariat said the election was full of violations of the party constitution.
The spokesman of the aspirants, Dr. Musa Zagi, said the aspirants also demanded for full investigation into the failed primaries and culprits penalised.
He said a parallel congress was conducted with only the favoured aspirant while there had been no screening and accreditation of delegates and the number of delegates not announced.
“The delegates register provided by the PDP headquarters was not in consonance with the list of delegates registered for the election while substitution of delegates’ names was rampant.
“The chairmen and vice chairmen of local government areas were allowed to vote while their tenure had expired and voters were intimidated and coerced to vote for the favoured candidate.”
“It was unfortunate that the suspension of the controversial congress was witnessed by Gov. Saidu Dakingari, Minister for Special Duties,Tanimu Turaki; National Treasurer of the party, Buhari Bala,” he added.
The state PDP Public Relations Officer (PRO), Umar Ummai, told NAN that final decision on the governorship primaries would be taken by the National Secretariat of the party.