By Olawale Ibrahim, Lokoja
A Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship aspirant Abubarka Ibrahim has disclosed that he has fundamental and constitutional rights to contest the Party’s ticket in Kogi state.
This was contained in a statement signed the Campaign Organisation and copy of which was made available to journalists in Lokoja on Monday.
The organisation was worried by the recent newspaper report that the former Governor kogi State Ibrahim Idris being the father of Alh. Abubakar Ibrahim a strong contender for the PDP ticket on one hand and father-in-law to Musa Wada the party candidate on the other, is crucial to the resolution of the PDP crisis.
The Campaign Organisation while reacting, denied and controverted the fact raised, saying it is, however, a fallacy to describe the situation in the Kogi PDP as family politics.
The reaction came on the heel of the publication of the efforts of the former Senate President, Bukola Saraki’s efforts to resolve the lingering crises rocking the foundation of the party in the state.
The Kogi organisation also posited It is about the basic rudiments for internal democracy in our great party. Surely, the crisis is far beyond family politics.
“Our principal is not a villain as being painted in some quarters. He felt shortchanged in a democratic exercise and he followed party procedure to seek redress. Sadly, the party neither acknowledged nor addressed his complaints.
” Abubakar Ibrahim is a peace-loving and law-abiding politician who hates cheating and believes in the rule of law. His decision to seek justice in the court is well within the ambits of his rights as a citizen of Nigeria. Since 2003 when he joined the PDP he has been a loyal and dedicated member. He is persuaded that given the fall out of the Sept.
It also observed that the primary and the manner he was treated like an underdog, the judiciary remains the only place he could seek redress over his grievances.
“The future of any political organization is in God’s hand. The Ibrahim Idris political family is not playing God, but rather believes all groups are important and should be treated equally and fairly. Over the years, the group has displayed unbridled loyalty and dedication to the PDP. Certainly, such a group that enjoys formidable followership should have the right to ventilate its disappointment lawfully, whenever it is aggrieved.
“It is the wish of every right-thinking Kogite that the impasse will come to an end sooner than later. Abubakar Ibrahim welcomes any sincere and unbiased efforts based on the fundamental principles of fairness and natural justice to restore peace to our dear party.