From Umar Dankano, Yola
The nomination of the immediate past Minister of State for Niger Delta, Mr. Darius Ishaku as the guber candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Taraba State by the National Working committee (NWC) of the party has generated serious tension and confusion in the party.
Reports from the area revealed that over 400 ad hoc and special delegates of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in state have resolved to sue PDP for allegedly imposing a candidate by the National Working Committee (NWC).
The delegates regret that contrary to the Electoral Act, they (delegates) were asked to go to Abuja, instead of Jalingo for the conduct of the party primaries which they hurriedly agreed upon.
“But no election was held at the Wadata plaza, we waited hour hours till day break, and only to be told that a consensus was reached and Darius was nominated as consensus candidate, we will not agree to that,’’ said Sen. Mohammad Ibrahim Goje who was at the party national secretariat in Abuja.
Also confirming the crisis, former Taraba State Deputy Governor ,Sen. Sale Danboyi said that, “ad hoc delegates from Taraba State met today and resolved to sue PDP for imposing a candidate by the PDP National Working Committee.
“The Over 400 delegates elected from 168 electoral wards were not allowed to participate in the process of electing a Governor, Senators, Reps and state assembly members that was organized outside the state capital,’’ Danboyi has said.
It could be recalled that the primary election was delayed for about five days, following the controversy over the zoning of the governorship position and the list of delegates.
Taraba PDP leaders led by the state acting Governor, Mr Sani Abubakar Danladi, had on December 8 informed the National Chairman of the party, Adamu Muazu, of an agreement signed in 2011.
According to them, PDP leaders in the state agreed that Taraba South Senatorial District would produce the governorship candidate for the 2015 elections.