The Adamawa State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, said it would boycott the party’s national convention holding at the Eagles Square, Abuja except the governorship primaries for the state is cancelled. The PDP will be electing its presidential candidate for the 2015 general election on Wednesday and Thursday. Governor James Bala Ngilari and his supporters, and six other governorship aspirants in the Adamawa are aggrieved over the conduct of the primaries, which produced former Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Nuhu Ribadu. The six other aspirants are Ahamed Moddibo, Markus Gundiri, Aliyu Kama, Abubakar Girie, Grace Bent and Awal Tukur.
At a press conference held at the party secretariat in Yola, Tuesday, the aggrieved PDP members accused some members of the party’s national leadership of “collaboration” in the political squabbles afflicting the chapter.
The group’s spokesman, Andrew Sawa, said they are displeased “with the way and manner our great party is being deliberately thrown into confusion by the national secretariat in collaboration with a few from the state.”
Sawa flayed the national chapter for “flagrant and open abuse of the rule of law” for organising the state governorship primary in Abuja on Monday. He said the action contradicts the party’s guidelines and the Electoral Act, which stated that “should there be any change of election venue, there must be a notice of not less than seven days and more to that effect and all elections should be held in the various constituencies”. Sawa said neither the party nor the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, notified them of the change of venue. The aggrieved members “call on President Goodluck Jonathan… to cancel the kangaroo primaries held by the NWC in Abuja or leave us with no option but to follow the view of the entire people of the party and the state,”Sawa’s stated.cott