By Tony Oraeki, Awka
Following the inability of Jibrin Ahmed led committee to conduct the 3 man ad-hoc delegate election of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Anambra state, at least 76 aspirants who have purchased the party’s nomination forms to contest the 2023 elections have called on the National Working Committee, NWC, for a repeat of the ad-hoc election on Thursday, to avoid losing out in 2023 general elections.
The action by the Committee was perceived as a measure by power brokers to disenfranchise people from the election in order to frustrate Mr. Peter Obi’s presidential bid.
Addressing journalists yesterday at the party Headquarters, Udoka estate Awka, the Spokesman of the group, Hon. Onyebuchi Ofor, member representing Ekwusigo 1 constituency and contesting for Federal House of Representatives said they were disappointed with the inefficiency of the Committee sent to the state.
According to him, “We note with pain and dismay the inability of Jibrin Ahmed led committee to conduct the 3 man ad-hoc Delegate election that was to hold on 30th April but was rescheduled to 1st May, 2022 due to unavailability of original result sheets.”
“We passionately call on the National leadership of our great party, PDP, to expeditiously repeat the botched exercise on Thursday, 5th May 2022 so as not to jeopardize our chances in the 2023 elections. Or in the event of exigency of time, the already existing ward and LGA executives can go ahead to conduct the primaries.
“The same committee for the repeat of 3 Ad Hoc Congress, could equally be mandated to conduct the National delegate elections the next day.
“We reaffirm our resolution in our meeting with the panel set up by the national leadership of our party headed by H. E. Arapaja in a stakeholders meeting held in the national office of our party on 26th April 2022 that the state Congress of our party should be concluded, which we were later informed that it has been scheduled for Wednesday 4th 2022 by the National Working Committee.
“We pray that it should be held as scheduled so that we have a state leadership of the party to lead our campaigns for the forthcoming general elections and for peace and stability of the party in Anambra State.
“We also reaffirm our confidence in the leadership of our great party and trust their ability to lead us to victory in the forthcoming general elections”, he added.