Socio-political group, Coalition of Ibom Political Groups in Abuja, has called on the National Working Committee, of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP to immediately order the cancellation of the April 30, 2022 ad-hoc delegate election in Akwa Ibom, stating that it was not conducted according to the Party Electoral Guidelines and does not reflect the will of the people.
While insisting that the ad-hoc delegate election never took place state-wide as being claimed by the state government, the coalition while staging a peaceful rally at the Wadata House national secretariat of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP in Abuja recently accused the Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel of stoking serious political tension in the state with his decision to unilaterally adopt and anointed candidate to succeed him in 2023.
Chairman of the Coalition, Mr. Otuekong Francis Ekanem says eminent collapse stares as Akwa Ibom PDP which may cause the party to lose the state to the opposition, noting that the PDP delegate election never happened, calling on the National Chairman of the PDP, Iyorchia Ayu and the NWC to order a fresh delegate election in the state.
Mr. Ekanem threatened that if urgent steps are not taken to allow a level playing field for all aspirants in the state from State/National Assembly Seats to governorship, the coalition will consider a legal action to stop the governorship primary election of the PDP in Akwa Ibom, accusing the governor of perpetrating illegality to favour a hand-picked candidate.
He said, “The election materials meant for the conduct of the Ad-hoc Elections in the entire State were hijacked at the PDP State Party Secretariat at Atan Offot, Uyo LGA by government officials suspected to be loyal and working for the Preferred/Anointed Governorship Aspirant of the State Governor.
“Party faithful, including those who bought forms to contest the 3-man Ad hoc delegates elections and other qualified aspirants were left stranded in their respective Political Wards in over 90% out of the 329 Political Wards of the State.
“We are aware of their sinister plan to manufacture and publish in the media fictitious or ready-made list/names of Ad hoc Delegates across the 329 Political Wards of the State from an exercise that was not duly conducted which contravenes Part 1 sub-section 2 of the Peoples Democratic Party Electoral Guidelines [Regarding Mode of election of ad-hoc delegates.
“Consequently, the Coalition is humbly calling for an outright cancellation of the purported 3-Man Ad hoc Delegates Election exercise in Akwa Ibom State.
“This is because the hijacking of the Adhoc Delegates election by the State government and her apparatus loyal to the preferred governorship aspirant of the State Governor is a signal that the motive is wrong and cannot guarantee fairness, equity, justice and credibility for all aspirants for Governorship and other seats in the rescheduled Party Primaries if the sham and scam exercise is allowed to prevail”, it added.