- The list of panelists to conduct the ward delegates election ahead of the PDP convention is causing crisis in the party
- A national chairmanship aspirant, Tunde Adeniran, petitions the leadership of the party over the list
Political infighting is threatening to mar the coming convention of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) scheduled to take place on December 9.
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The Nation reports that the crisis was triggered by the disagreement over the list of panelists to conduct the ward delegates election ahead of the party’s convention.
A national chairmanship aspirant, Tunde Adeniran, has already petitioned the leadership of the party over the list.
The Adeniran camp has alleged that there was bias in proposed list of panelists to conduct the ward delegates.
”A particular state has members on that list and some of them are the leading campaigners for Prince Uche Secondus. We as campaign organisation were not consulted to bring one or two persons and I am sure other aspirants were not consulted too.
“It is an indirect way of short-changing other aspirants. The spirit behind the MoU we signed has been violated, not by the aspirants but by the party managers," the director general of Adeniran’s campaign organisation, Shehu Gabam said.
“Now you have just one chairmanship aspirant having his men deeply entrenched in a system that would determine how the delegates will emerge.
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“The party created the division among the aspirants. The party should provide equal base for all aspirants and I want to say that we disagree with the composition of this list.
The Adeniran camp mentioned Senator George Sekibo, Austin Opara, ThanGod Danagogo, Chief Kenneth Ubani Emeka Ihedioha as some of the Secondus loyalists on the list.
In response to the complaint, the caretaker committee of the PDP said it had received the petition written by Adeniran on the matter and that it would meet to discuss the petition.
Meanwhile, in another report, Atiku Abubakar, the former vice president, on Friday, November 17, declared that he is currently a member of the All Progressives Congress.
According to a report, Abubakar made this known through Paul Ibe, his median aide, when the Concerned Citizens For Atiku (CCA) paid him a visit.
The former president insisted that he belongs to the APC after a group called on him to return to the Peoples Democratic Party.
Ibe said people are free to express themselves as enshrined in the country’s constitution.
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