Eleven of the 12 governorship aspirants of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kwara State have called for the rescheduling of the primary election of the party for either tomorrow (Wednesday) or Thursday to pick the candidate of the party for governorship election at the 2015 general election.
The aspirants under the auspices of “Kwara GOVERNORSHIP ASPIRANTS
FORUM” said they are making this call because the primary election that was supposed to hold on Monday did not eventually hold after accreditation of delegates.
The governorship aspirants are Simeon Ajibola, Gbemisola Saraki, John Dara, Suleiman Ajadi, Abdullahi Sanusi, Isa Bio Ibrahim, Jani Ibrahim, Shuaib Oba Abdulraheem, Sunday Babalola, Hakeem Lawal, and Kale Belgore.
Addressing a press conference in Ilorin, Senator Ajibola, who is the chairman of the Forum, said that the election was disrupted with alleged smuggling of over 700 delegates to the venue of the exercise.
He explained that 709 delegates were supposed to participate in voting at the primaries but the number suddenly grew to over 1,500 when “over 700 people arrived in several buses escorted by the police with delegates accreditation tags just as the process was about to
Ajibola disclosed that the alleged fake delegates were discovered when it was resolved that the chairman of PDP in each of the local government areas in the state should identify authentic delegates from his area.
He said that after the identification exercise, the fake delegates whom he alleged were escorted to the venue by police attached to the trio of Mr Dele Belgore, who is the 12th aspirant, Minister of National Planing, Alhaji Suleiman Abubakar and a chieftain of the party, Hajia Bola Shagaya started throwing chairs to cause mayhem.
Ajibola disclosed that he and his colleagues were disturbed that despite the heavy security presence and peaceful atmosphere at the venue the primary was disrupted with smuggling in of fake delegates asked that the National Executive of PDP should organise a afresh
primary election without further delay.
“As the aspirants to the elction, after fulfilling all the requirements according to the constitution of our party and the
electoral guidelines we are disturbed and highly embarrassed to watch the process being subverted and later disrupted.
“We therefore wish to categorically and unequivocally state that there was no election held, we also aver that we are conversant with the laws of the party request the leadership of our party to as a matter of urgency order fresh election between 10th and 11th December 2014,” he stated.