The People’s Democratic Party in Borno State will go into the 2019 elections divided except its governorship and Borno Central candidates are substituted and the real winners re-nominated by the party, the Yerwa-Oodua PDP Support Group has warned.
At a press conference held on Sunday at the Sheraton Hotel in Ikeja, Lagos, the group with headquarters in Ijora, comprises hundreds of PDP members from Borno State who live in Lagos, Ekiti, Ogun, Ondo, Osun and Oyo States, the chairman of the group, Bakura Goni Makinta and secretary, Mustapha Mustapha, who spoke in English and Hausa, said that unless INEC adopted the former minister of state for power, Mohammed Wakil as PDP governorship candidate and the former speaker of the state Assembly, Bukar Kachallah as the party candidate for Borno Central senatorial zone, as the situation stands, candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) will go into the 2019 elections unopposed.
They said that whereas some PDP members were making reference to 2011 where an incumbent governor lost the Borno Central senatorial election to the PDP, they ignored the fact that in 2011, the PDP had the advantage of Mohammed Goni as its governorship candidate whose popularity influenced the outcome of the National Assembly elections and in addition, the APC currently has popular candidates besides the advantage of President Muhammadu Buhari who was in the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) in 2011 when an incumbent governor lost the Senate to the PDP.
“Ahead of the 2019 general elections, the PDP in Borno State currently has no valid candidates particularly for the governorship and Borno Central senatorial election until ongoing court cases between the two factions of the party are determined in weeks to come.
“Notwithstanding publication of the names of Alhaji Mohammed Imam for the governorship and Senator Mohammed Abba Aji for the Borno Central senatorial election by the INEC, the two persons are not valid candidates because their primaries were conducted by an unlawful state executive committee under the so-called chairmanship of Alhaji Zannah Gaddama whereas a Federal High Court in Maiduguri had two months ago delivered a judgment recognising that the valid state executives of the PDP in Borno are those under Alhaji Usman Baderi as state chairman. That judgment was well reported by the media,” Makinta said.
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