The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leadership in Kogi-State has handed down a serious warning to the PDP national leadership that there is no automatic ticket of anybody in the upcoming 2019 general elections.
The signal from PDP Headquarter that the appealed committee is not ready to issue a clearance certificate to the 13 senate aspirants earlier unjustly disqualified and some house of representatives members with flimsy excuses.
The statement read:
Plot By PDP Screening Committee To Destroy Kogi State
Our attention has been drawn to a plot by members of the PDP Screening Committee for Kogi East senatorial primary election to sabotage the goodwill the party enjoy due to their inordinate ambition.
While we expected a free and fair screening process to allow all aspirants test their popularity during the election, we were shocked that the screening committee would disqualify notable aspirants like retired Air Marshall Alfa, Victor Adoji, Hajia Halima Alfa and others, just to pave way for a single aspirant.
Our investigation revealed that the Committee was only acting script by some powerful individuals at the National secretariat who have been fingered to have received 20 million naira bribe from their favored aspirant as initial payment for the 50 million naira they had negotiated to enable him emerge as sole aspirant for the primary. We are also aware that the Appeal Committee were promised 100 million naira and they have received 8 million naira already at Rock View Hotel where they met on Sunday, September 23rd, 2018.
We wish to state that politics is local and those Abuja forces cannot thwart the goodwill PDP currently enjoys in Kogi East and the entire Kogi state. We strongly warn that there will be mass revolt against PDP in Kogi state should the Appeal Committee uphold the irresponsible verdict of the screening committee.
We wish to call on all lovers of PDP and Igala sons and daughters to call the Appeal Committee Chairman, Barr Mike Ezugwu (08030670332) and the Secretary, Joseph Godwin Oche (08035924882) to order before it becomes too late. May we remind all that we are in a very challenging period in Kogi state and it will be suicidal should our party leaders sabotage the efforts we have put together to reposition Kogi state for greatness.
Hon. Shaibu Momoh
PDP Elders Caucus