From Ahmed Kaigama, Bauchi
The Campaign Organization of Dr. Mohammed Ali Pate, who is aspiring to be governor of Bauchi State under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has said that unless the Bauchi gubernatorial primary elections conducted Tuesday is cancelled, the party will not deliver the state in the February 2015 elections.
An agent to the former minster during the botched primaries, Danlami Danfulani explained that PDP machineries in the state hijacked the primary election that was supposed to be conducted by the Senator Stella Omo led panel sent by the national headquarters of the party to officiate the exercise.
“Unfortunately the Lady that came to Bauchi to conduct the PDP gubernatorial primaries was over-powered by the PDP leader in the state and party executives such that one person can write ballot papers for 10 – 20 delegates and put them into the ballot box’, he alleged.
Danfulani said at a press conference in Bauchi last evening that the exchanged of bad words that ensued between the his organization members on one hand and the PDP Executives backed by the party leader on the other nearly break the camel’s back.
Danfulani who observed that the PDP leader is no longer interested in delivering Bauchi to the party comes 2015 elections, recalled that what transpired during the primaries could best be described as political maneuvers rather than elections, saying it is a prelude to the PDP losing the state in the 2015 elections.
“After votes casting of delegates from 5 local government areas of Alkaleri, Bauchi, Bogoro, Darazo and Danbam, we raised alarm to the irregularities going on and the electoral officer cancelled the votes cast but to our dismay justice did not prevail as the state party machineries took over election procedures from the electoral officer”, he said.
He stated that at the end of the primaries, different elections result figures were apportioned to the gubernatorial aspirants that partake in the elections ranging from 300 votes to 100 and even less than that, as our appeals for the cancellation of results fell into deaf ears.
“We appeal at that time to the electoral officer and members of the panel that the elections must be canceled if we want to deliver in 2015, but we realized from the party leader that he is not interested in the deliverance of the governorship seat to the PDP come 2015 elections”, Danfulani cried.
Danfulani appealed to President Goodluck Jonathan and the National leadership of the PDP to delve into the Bauchi gubernatorial primaries palaver for rectification as, according to him, the state known as the beacon of PDP will lose out in the 2015 general elections.
The press briefing was co-held by Pate Campaign Organization’s Director-general, Musa Babangida Maijama’a, and second returning officer in the primaries, Wakili Abdu who observed that PDP in Bauchi need a credible person as governor that can move the state out of the woods.
“It is a known fact that everybody knows where Bauchi is heading to as regards to economic situations and other problems bedeviling it, and it’s only a good hand that can move the state forward and take it out of the woods” Abdu stated.
Alhaji Wakili Abdu expressed dismay that the PDP leader in the state has lost control of governing the state and running the party as its leader, as some few cabals surrounding him took over control of everything for their selfish and myopic interests.
“Somebody who cannot manage a State House of Assembly of 31 people, you want to put him on a saddle of power in Bauchi State to run its affairs. It’s unfortunate, people of Bauchi State should not allow this exercise to continue”, he noted.
Maijama’a sumummed it all thus, “We totally reject the procedure and results of yesterday’s PDP gubernatorial primaries in Bauchi State and call on the party at National level to direct for the conduct of fresh elections in Bauchi”.