- Austin Okai, the national coordinator of Peoples Democratic Party Youth Frontier, calls on Prince Uche Secondus, to ensure that the PDP primary process in Kogi east senatorial district is transparent
- Okai says no individual or group should be allowed to scuttle the PDP's chances in 2019 general elections
- APC approves mode of primaries for states, FCT ahead of 2019 elections
A youth group affiliated with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has called on the party’s national chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, to stop what it called a ticking time bomb in the Kogi state chapter of the party.
The Peoples Democratic Party Youth Frontier on Tuesday, September 25, asked Secondus to look into the crisis plaguing the primary process in the Kogi east senatorial district of the state, This Day reports.
Austin Okai, the national coordinator of the group, in a statement, accused the committee sent to screen aspirants for the Kogi east senatorial district primary of disqualifying about 15 aspirants for the office just to pave the way for the incumbent, Senator Attai Aidoko, to emerge as the sole candidate.
The group urged the PDP national chairman and members of the party’s national working committee (NWC) to act on the issue to avoid losing the goodwill the party currently enjoys in the state and other parts of the country due to the desires of a few.
“We also wish to remind Prince Secondus that he had gone on live national TV on March 26, 2018, to apologise to Nigerians for some of the undemocratic ways that characterised the party when it was in power, an apology that was welcomed by Nigerians and earned the party so much goodwill," the group said.
“The PDP has no tradition of automatic ticket, and no individual or group should be allowed to scuttle the party’s chances in 2019."
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In another report, the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Working Committee (NWC) has approved both the direct and indirect mode of primaries for its governorship election scheduled for Saturday, September 29, in the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
This was contained in a statement issued by Yekini Nabena, the APC national publicity secretary, on Tuesday, September 25, in Abuja.
Nabena, however, said that the party’s NWC banned its Adamawa state working committee from participating either as delegates or to superintendent over the governorship primaries in the state.
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