Governorship aspirants and state executive members of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has warned the Ahmed Maikarfi-led primary electoral committee of unstoppable crisis if the party fails to use original delegates list for the Kogi governorship primary election scheduled to hold in Lokoja on Sunday.
Speaking a press conference in Lokoja on Saturday, a former Deputy Governor of the state, who is also an aspirant in tomorrow’s primary election, Arc. Yomi Awoniyi, said any attempt to use the doctored delegates list would be rejected vehemently.
He told newsmen that they are aware of a dubious replacement of over 158 names from the authentic list of delegates who were duly elected from their arious wards across Kogi state to favour one of the aspirants.
“Where the party set up guidelines for a process and same was not well adhered to, it is not reasonable for the same party to import strange names into the delegates list.
“I have been a member of PDP since 1998, that is 25 years. I have not defected to another in these years but have remained a loyal member. Any attempt to make nonsense of the party’s primary election would not be acceptable.
“The authentic delegates list that emerged from the party’s processes on 29th March and April 8th should be used. It is unacceptable to compel us to use the delegates list that is foreign to the process that took place,” he said.
Another governorship aspirant, Dr. Bolufemi Olarotimi, said in unequivocally terms that PDP will melt under unprecedented crisis if the original delegates list is not used for the party’s primary election holding tomorrow.
He warned that if due process is not followed, the outcome will be challenged and results cancelled.
Member, House of Representative, Hon. Tajudeen Yusuf said the doctored list was meant to accommodate people who are not even members of the party, in a bid to impose a candidate on the party.
Tajudeen said if his name could be removed from the delegates list and only returned after serious petition, then it was better for it not to be there, adding that the law would be used to tackle the problem.
“After our petition, the conmen thought it wise to return names in the East, those of West were totally mutilated while the names from Central were a little bit tampered with,” he said.
The press conference attended by members of the state executive council of PDP; Olori Margaret Orebiyi, the party woman leader, Chief Sam Abenemi, the party deputy chairman and others.