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Published On: Sun, Dec 14th, 2014

PDP Primaries: Senator Grace Bent protests, others abandon PDP for PDM

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Former Senator Grace Bent Jackson

Former Senator Grace Bent Jackson

From Umar Dankano, Yola

The conduct of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)’s primaries held in Abuja to nominate candidates of various political offices for Adamawa State that will represent the party for the 2015 general elections has been described as a total mess.

Former Senator Grace Bent Jackson who is contesting for Adamawa Southern Senatorial seat under the PDP expressed disappointment and displeasure over the said exercise, decrying that she and delegates from her zone were disenfranchised from last primaries shifted to Abuja by National Working Committee (NWC) without prior notice.

Senator Bent lamented that on the day of the primaries, she and the delegates were waiting in Yola while the primaries was already going on in Abuja without any notice that the primaries have been shifted to Abuja.”Whereas we bought nomination forms like all other aspirants”

She noted that she has submitted her complains to the Appeal Committee of the party and wishes that something will be done or she will be forced to look for solace in another party.

She called on President Goodluck Jonathan to wade into the issue, saying that the fallout of the primaries if not well handled could lead to total collapse of the party in the state.

Bent, who hinged her continued stay in the party on the outcome of the appeal filed by some of the disaffected aspirants over the conduct of the primaries outside the state, warned that the party was in danger of losing its electorate value in the state if the Adamawa primaries are not cancelled.

However, investigation revealed that the fallout of the PDP primaries has recuperated the Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM) in the state which until the PDP’s primary had no candidate vying for any post under its platform.

Secretary of the PDM, Mr. Joshua Yohanna confirmed that many aspirants of PDP who were aggrieved over the outcome of the Abuja primaries have already bought nomination forms of the PDM.

Yohanna added that Honorable Aishatu Dahiru Ahmed (Binani) Member representing Yola North Yola South and Girei Federal constituency and the Alhaji Abdurahman Kwacham Mubi have bought nomination forms for Federal House of Representative seat at the cost of N350, 000.00

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