The Adamawa state People’s Democratic Party (PDP) aspirants have decried over irregularities in the conduct of the Governorship and House of Assembly Primaries conducted in Abuja.
This was disclosed yesterday, by the leader of the Adamawa State PDP Stakeholders and Aspirants of all cadres Professor Andrawus Sawa who said, “we wish to express our displeasure with the way and manner our great Party which was built and nurtured with our sweat had been deliberately thrown into confusion”.
Professor Andrawus said they are particularly disappointed as they see it as “a view to impose unpopular candidates against the wishes of the people which will extinguish the fortune of our party both at the State and the National Level with intention to truncate democracy.
He said, “It is evident and no doubt that Adamawa state is a stronghold of PDP and overwhelmingly behind Mr. President in the last election, (2011), but unfortunately, with the flagrant and open abuse of the rules and law with impunity as regard to party primaries it is a thing of serious concern that will lead to complete eradication of the Party in the minds of our grassroots supporters”.
It is very clear that both the Electoral Act and our party guidelines state unequivocally that should there be any change of election venue, there must be a notice of not less than 7 days and more to that, all Elections are to be held in the various constituencies, but unfortunately in the case of Adamawa state all the delegates and aspirants were in Yola without any communication either from INEC or the party while a purported election was said to have taken place in Abuja.
More to that, the purported primary election was conducted in contravention of the Court Order restraining PDP and INEC from using any delegates list other than the one recognized by all the party executive at all levels, aspirants and stakeholders affirmed by the Court.
In view of the above, it is our unanimous resolution to distance, condemned and reject it in its entirety; and in protest to that, we will not be part of any illegality that is happening within our Party.
In conclusion, it is our collective view that anything short of cancellation of this Kangaroo primary by the NWC of our party will lead us with no option but to follow the views of the entire greater majority of the people of Adamawa state. We, therefore, resolve to boycott the National Convention of the Party scheduled to take place in Abuja.