Aspirants under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from Kogi State, yesterday kicked against alleged plot by the national leadership to give automatic tickets to federal lawmakers in Kogi State ahead of 2019.
The protesters, who submitted a protest letter to the party’s Abuja secretariat yesterday insisted on a level playing field for all aspirants through free, fair and transparent primary elections across the states.
According to Dr Halima Alfa, who spoke for the group, offering automatic tickets to the lawmakers is a violation of the Electoral Act, the PDP Constitution and the party’s guidelines.
She added that all aspirants must be given equal opportunity to be voted for, either through delegates election or direct primaries.
Alfa said the party’s plot to offer automatic tickets to the lawmakers was uncovered last week when an aspirant for the House of Representatives visited the Abuja home of one of the party’s leaders, where he met a serving PDP Senator.
She added that the Senator was said to have told the aspirant that tickets for all the National Assembly positions had already been allocated to serving members of the Senate and House of Representatives.
“We the aspirants for legislative seats in the National Assembly on the platform of the PDP shall collectively and wholeheartedly work for the interest of the party and any candidate duly nominated through transparent primary election.
“But should the party proceed with its predetermined or manipulated primary elections to nominate any candidate, an implosion that would be inimical to the interest of the party might occur”, the aspirants vowed.
They however reminded the national chairman of the PDP, Prince Uche Secondus of his pledge to do away with impunity and imposition of candidates for elections.
But the aspirants cautioned against the move, urging the party against manipulation of the nomination process to avoid what they described as a looming fragmentation of the PDP across the states.
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