- Kogi PDP stakeholders have rejected offer of automatic ticket for Melaye
- Tunde Ogbeha, who represented the stakeholders, said that Kogi west senatorial district already has its arrangement on issues regarding to the Senate seat for the district
- He said that the federal constituency would ask that a level playing field be allowed for a free and fair primaries, rather than an automatic ticket
The latest round of meeting between the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) stakeholders from the Lokoja/Kogi federal constituency and the party’s National Working Committee (NEC) has ended in stalemate over granting of automatic ticket to Senator Dino Melaye.
The Nation reports that the meeting which held at Legacy House Abuja had Prince Uche Secondus, PDP national chairman and members of the National Working Committee (NWC) in attendance.
NAIJ.com gathered that the delegation from Lokoja/Kogi federal constituency was led by Senator Tunde Ogbeha, who said that the PDP in the Kogi west senatorial district already has its arrangement on issues regarding to the Senate seat for the district.
Ogbeha who spoke on behalf of the delegation, said that the federal constituency would ask that a level playing field be allowed for a free and fair primaries, rather than an automatic ticket.
He, however, requested for more time from the national executive for further consultation with the party executives in the senatorial district.
The leaders from Lokoja/Kogi federal constituency warned against imposition, saying it would affect the rebuilding process currently ongoing by the party in the state, consequently affect the chances of the party.
Earlier, in a remarks, Prince Uche Secondus, national chairman of the PDP, said the meeting is an ongoing consultation with stakeholders from Kogi west on its plans to give automatic ticket to Senator Dino Melaye, following the MoU signed by the PDP and rAPC.
The national chairman begged the stakeholders from the district to have an understanding and yield to the request of the NWC in the spirit of give and take, and the agreement reached before the National Assembly members returned to the PDP.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had previously reported that Senate president Bukola Saraki was accused of giving instruction to the electoral panel sent from national headquarters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Abuja, to manipulate the results from Kogi west senatorial district's collation centre in favour of Senator Dino Melaiye.
It was reported that the PDP held its ward congresses in the state to pick ad-hoc delegates on Saturday, September 8.
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