2019: Fresh crisis hits Kogi PDP over disqualification of aspirants
FRESH crisis has hit the Kogi State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, over the disqualification of aspirants to the Senate in the Kogi West Senatorial District of the state ahead of the yesterday’s primaries of the Party.
However, all the affected aspirants have vowed never to quit the party but to stay put and wreck it in the 2019 elections should its leadership fail to do the needful over the injustice now being done to them who have been its major tap roots over the years.
The aspirants who accused the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki of being the architect of their last-minute disqualification in a statement in Abuja yesterday alleged that the action was taken to pave the way to secure an automatic return ticket for Senator Dino Melaye who recently defected to the Party from the All Progressives Congress, APC.
The aggrieved disqualified Aspirants are Hon Sunday Karimi, a serving member of the House of Representatives, Hon Clement Olafemi, a one time Speaker of the state House of Assembly and former Acting Governor of the state, Hon Henry Ojuola, a two time member of the state House of Assembly and Hon Oreniya Salaudeen , former member of the state House of Assembly and former Chairman of Yagba East Local Government of the State respectively.
According to the statement signed by Hon Karimi, all the aspirants were fully prepared to face the primaries like their other counterparts in other zones and across the States of the Federation but were disqualified in the Senatorial District because of the automatic ticket of the zone already promised to Senator Melaye, a stranger in the Party.
“We the aspirants in the State are 15 in all for the Senate, we were all disqualified and we got to the Appeal, the same thing happened and after series of protests, a special panel was raised, we were cleared for the primaries at the panel.
“However, to our surprise, other cleared aspirants were issued with clearance certificates leaving out the four of us from the Kogi West Senatorial District because of Senator Dino Melaye’s automatic ticket.
“The battle line is drawn from now on because our people back home are saying no to imposition, they want primaries where they can pick a candidate of their choice and not an imposed candidate that will not be able to come and campaign at home with his people ahead of the election.
“As for us, we are not leaving PDP for strangers, we will stay within to fight this impurity of the highest order being promoted by Senator Saraki, this is Kogi and not Kwara state, every politics is local, so, he can not come and dictate to us in Kogi who our candidate should be.
“So, our message is very clear, we want a free, fair and transparent primary where an acceptable candidate of the people and the party will emerge, anything short of this, count us and our people out of such a black market arrangement”