The National Executive Committee (NEC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is expected to look into petitions by chieftains of the party in Abia State alleging rigging of the three adhoc delegates selection process for the party’s primaries in the state.
The PDP three adhoc delegates election in Abia State was canceled following irregularities and controversy over its conduct. There was to be a fresh election, but instead of it a list emerged purported to be those elected in an election that never took place.
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One of those believed to have petitioned the PDP NWC is gormer Senate President, Chief Adolphus Wabara and former Chairman of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NNDC), Chief Onyema Ugochukwu, who are members of the party’s Board of Trustees (BoT).
The petitions by the duo stated that no election was conducted for the three adhoc delegates, while asking the national leadership to do the proper thing of rejecting whatever list sent to it and directing proper conduct of election.
Also, former Secretary of State Government in Abia Dr. Eme Okoro, petitioned the national chairman of the PDP, Senator Iyorchia Ayu, alleging breach of PDP guidelines for primary elections.
He said in the letter: “I write this Petition as a stakeholder and as an elder statesman who has made it a point of duty not to sit down and watch few individuals who do not have the interest of our great party at heart to destroy same because of personal and selfish interests.
“I bring this petition to you in view of the imminent and looming calamity that may befall our great party in Abia State as a result of the actions of the Abia State Chapter of the Party in seeking to disregard our party’s laid down guidelines for the conduct of primary election.
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“The Abia State leadership of the party in total disregard of the said guidelines is seeking to impose and or unilaterally compile the list of the three (3) ad-hoc delegates who are to participate in the primary election for the House of Assembly, National Assembly and Gubernatorial candidates in preparation for the 2023 General Election without following the due process of conducting election for their emergence in the different Wards of the State in accordance with the Peoples Democratic Party Electoral guidelines for Primary Elections 2022 .
To make matters worse, devoted and registered members of our party who indicated interest to stand election for the three ad-hoc delegates in their different wards have been denied opportunity of doing same as the Abia State Leadership …has concluded arrangements not to hold the election for the said three ad-hoc delegates and has unilaterally compiled the names they desire in place of the three ad-hoc delegates and this has led to several litigations pending in different courts.
“This action of the Abia State leadership if not checked and the state leadership called to order is likely to cause great harm and misfortune to our party in the 2023 General Election as can be seen in what happened in Rivers, Zamfara and some other States of the federation.
“I hereby appeal to you to use your good office to call the Abia State leadership of the party to order and to see that the proper steps are taken in accordance with the Peoples Democratic Party Electoral guidelines for Primary Elections 2022 in respect of the three ad-hoc delegates that will participate in the state primaries as same will avert the consequential catastrophe and further boost the confidence of the members who would be disenfranchised if the act of recklessness of the state leadership is allowed to stand.”
It was gathered that the three adhoc delegates election was not held, but a list was compiled to be presented as elected delegates.
Sources said the compilation of the list is not ensure that only allies of the state governor, Okezie Ikeazu, participate in the primary in order to return his preferred aspirant as PDP candidate for the governorship election.
There has been disaffection in PDP ever since the plot by Governor Ikpeazu unofficially showed he prefers a success from Isiala Ngwa, against the rotation arrangement in the state.