By Wale Ibrahim, Lokoja
The meeting of the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Uche Secondus with some National Assembly members from Kogi State to settle the rift over plans to grant automatic ticket to some returnees seeking reelection has ended in a deadlock.
Sources hinted that the meeting which was held at the private residence of the National Chairman in Abuja on Tuesday also had Hon. Sunday Karimi was sais to have engaged in a shouting match with Sen. Dino Melaye, with the former accusing the latter of attempt to destroy the party in the state.
In the same vein, it took the intervention of the National Chairman of PDP to stol ths raising tide of the shouting match between Hon. T. J Yusuf and Sen. Aidoko would have led to fisticuffs and broken of limbs, as tempers rose beyond the control of the leader of the party in the state, Alh. Ibrahim Idris.
The meeting which held in response a strong worded petition written by some National Assembly Aspirants from Kogi State have threatened to leave the PDP if the national executive members go ahead with it plan to offer automatic ticket to the present National Assembly Members who are members of the party or who recently returned, insisting on a level playing field for party primaries.
The meeting today which was at the instance of the National Executives of the PDP ended without a compromise, as the aspirants all stood their grounds, warned that they would be on their way out of the party if such action scales through.
While the National Executive of the PDP is insisting that the plan to grant automatic ticket to the returning members was based on the signed MoU between the PDP and the rAPC, the aspirants insisted that it would amount to impunity as many of the National Assembly Members were not on the ground politically in their districts.
The meeting today was attended by the National Secretary, National Organizing Secretary and the National Publicity Secretary of the party who is an indigene of the state and about thirty aspirants all seeking office to the lower and upper chambers of the National Assembly, with Alh. Ibrahim Idris, former governor and leader of the party in the state also in attendance.
Also in attendance are some of the Aspirants at the meeting include: Senators Ahmed Ogembe, Dino Melaye, Aidoko, and House of Representatives members Sunday Karimi, T.J. Yusuf, Emma Egwu, Hassan Omale, Clarence Olafemi, Halima Alfa, T. J. Faniyi, Salaudeen Ganiyu, amongst several others.
For now the meeting has adjourned abruptly for the aspirants to go and reconsider their stand, a decision which after an emergency meeting amongst the aspirants, all still stood their ground, sticking to their guns, insisting only on a level playing field for the party’s primaries, else they would be on their way out of the PDP.
It was gathered that this was part of the arrangements by the National Executive of the PDP that all the Senators, and House of Representative Members serving from the state to be given automatic ticket, a decision that all the house of reps. members from the Western Senatorial District all opposed, insisting on a party primaries that would allow the people decide who represent them in 2019.