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Published On: Tue, Jan 13th, 2015

Delta PDP stakeholders protest over primaries

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By Ahmed Abubakar

In early morning protest greeted the headquarters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), coming ahead of the February 14 general elections, were the protesters called for the cancellation of the party’s primaries in Delta State.

The protesters from Delta State PDP stakeholders’, under the aegis, of Concerned Anioma Patriotic Forum yesterday made the call in a protest march at the party’s secretariat in Abuja.

Addressing newsmen, the group spokesperson, Patrick Okoh said “there is need to cancel the results of the primaries that produced the gubernatorial, senatorial, House of Representative and the state House of Assembly candidates”.

Okoh said the advice became imperative in view of alleged crisis associated with some candidates.

The group cited one Onyemechi Joan Marakpor, who is aspiring for the House of Representatives seat for Aniocha/Oshimili federal constituency of the state, and who according to the group has a clear case of age falsification and alleged name change saga.

“All these factors could cost these candidates and others also vying for other seats with different cases of electoral victory” Okoh argued.

The group therefore maintained that the earlier the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party intervene the better for PDP followers in Delta State.

The stakeholders however warned that if these alleged deficiencies which in their view is already known by the opposition, are not addressed, the PDP may reportedly lose the election.

Meanwhile an official at the party’s secretariat, Alhaji Husseini Yarima who addressed the protesters said that though the National Working Committee (NWC) members are not in office because of ongoing campaign, the party is aware of their grievances, urging them to eschew bitterness and to remain loyal to the party.

“I urge you to remain party loyalists, be calm and stay clear and wait for the decision of the leadership, the party is always willing to listen to its members, this party belongs to all of you” he added.

 

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