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PDP aspirants condemn call for fresh primariesin Ebonyi



From  Adaeze Onuora Aroh, Abakaliki

ASPIRANTS contesting for various positions under the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Ebonyi State have condemned the action of the National Working Committee (NWC) for new approval to conduct fresh primary election in the state

  According to Lazarus Ogbe, former House of Representatives member and a senatorial aspirant for Ebonyi Central Senatorial Zone, who spoke on behalf of other aspirants, the rumour for  fresh primaries in the state was an invitation of crisis, and not healthy as the country is preparing for a general election.

  He further stated that the delegates that were nominated for the House of Assembly, House of Representatives, Senate and governor were legitimately elected by three man delegates across the 171 wards of the state and the primaries were conducted in the presence of INEC and security agents.

  “The state chairman conducted the primary that was monitored by INEC, security agencies, the DSS, and journalists monitored the primary that was done in the open. The election was certified as the most transparent in the history of the party in the state.

  “Candidates were nominated on 28th and 29th to fly the flag of the party, ranging from house of assembly, House of Representatives and governor. I want to recall that the NWC of the party scheduled the primary in Ebonyi on 28th and 29th of May. It is on record.

  “Today, we started hearing rumours that the same NWC has reversed themselves and directed that the same primary election be conducted on the same position.

  “There was no reason or breach of the party guidelines that another set of primary be conducted in the state.

  “It is on this note that we want to appeal to the party to allow peace reign in the state. I have never seen where two persons are contesting for the same position in the same party. We do not want to experience what transpired in Zamfara and Rivers States on the side of APC.

  “We want the NWC to intervene in the matter and allow those they have nominated in their votes to stand in Ebonyi State PDP. All the delegates were picked from the 171 wards of the state. INEC has the list of delegates nominated in the 171 ward. We appeal that if there is any interest playing out, the appeal should be played down in the interest of the party,” he said.

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