Elumelu May Lead Former PDP Aspirants To APC
As Nigeria's political atmosphere continues to heat up, a major setback
hit the People's Democratic Party (PDP), on Tuesday the 6th of February
2015, as a group of PDP members under the auspices of PDP Aspirants Forum
(PAF), are set to decamp to the opposition parties.
The forum made their position known after a brainstorming meeting that
took place at Rockview Royal, Hotel, in Abuja FCT.
The organisation which comprises top of members of Peoples Democratic
Party (PDP), namely; Hon. Godfrey Gaiya, House of Representatives (Kaduna
North-West) Hon. Tom Zakari, House of Representatives (Kogi
North-Central), Hon. Ganama Titsi House of Representatives (Adamawa
North-East), Babatunde Gbadamosi, Governorship (Lagos South West), Hon.
Ndudi Elumelu Governorship (Delta South-South), Chief Richard Lamai,
Senate (Edo South-South), Hon Bethel Amadi, Governorship (Imo South –East)
and Chief Solomon Edoja Senate (Delta South-South).
They aver that they had put themselves forward for primary election for
various political positions nationwide i.e. Gubernatorial office
estimated at nearly 300, National Assembly about 1500 and State House of
Assemblies of about 3000, conducted November and December 2014. They met
all party requirements but were deliberately denied tickets through the
instrumentality of rigging and lack of internal democracy as against the
Rules and Regulations of PDP.
The aggrieved members in a communiqué issued in Abuja on Friday, 6th
February 2015 expressed their disenchantment over the shady conduct of the
primaries across board that was marred with all sorts' of irregularities
that short-changed the popular aspirants at the primaries.
The forum in their reaction, aver that party's inability to conduct a free
and fair primaries in all the thirty six states of the federation, was a
calculated plan to ostracise most of the popular political aspirants.
They accused the party top officials of being bias and selective in their
conduct as against the PDP constitution. Alleging that the party
collected huge sums of money for nomination forms from members of the
forum, when the party leadership had already anointed candidates before
the commencement of the primaries.
In their communiqué the forum accused the party leadership of
discrimination and marginalization, stressing that they were ignored in
the Presidential Campaign Organization of Mr President- a move designed to
exclude members of the forum from the party and deny them opportunity of
benefiting from the success of the PDP after the general elections.
At the end of the meeting, members of the forum resolved that 50% of
political appointive offices in the next government should be reserved for
members of the forum, and that Certificate of Clearance be issued to
members of the forum who were screened to contest the questionable
primaries but were denied Certificate of Clearance by the party.
They called on the party leader, President Goodluck Jonathan GCFR, to
direct the refund of the nomination form fees collected from aspirants,
also called on the Reconciliation committee set up by the party to assuage
members' grievances by reaching the leadership and individual members of
the forum before the conduct of the Presidential elections come March
They further demanded for funding to enable them mobilize their broad
membership base across the country and their respective constituencies so
as to galvanize the support of President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan to
They reaffirm that failure to address the issues raised in the communique
by the leadership of PDP would result to mass exodus of all members of the
forum to the opposition parties.
Warning that the opposition parties are already wooing the forum to pitch
tents with them.
However, when contacted the House of Representatives Chairman, Committee
on Health and PDP governorship aspirant in Delta state, Hon. Ndudi
Elumelu, in his reaction stated “I am doing my best to ensure that this
noble forum does not join the opposition parties, it will be a disastrous
for our party PDP, and are such affect the chances of President Goodluck
Jonathan at the poll, I urge the PDP leadership to look in to this matter
with urgency” he said.
According to Elumelu he has embarked on extensive consultations and
interactions with major stakeholders across board to foster continued
dialogue and harmonious resolution of the grievances of the forum.
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