A group, Peoples Democratic Party Youth Frontier, has called on the Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Prince Uche Secondus, and the leadership of the party, to halt what it described as a plot to sabotage the interest of the party in Kogi State.
National Coordinator of the group, Comrade Austin Okai, in a statement on Tuesday, urged the leadership of the party to ensure transparency and provide a level-playing field for all aspirants in the Kogi East Senatorial race.
The statement read in part, “We wish to call the attention of the National Chairman of our great party, Prince Uche Secondus to the recent event plaguing Kogi state Chapter of the party as regards the primary process for Kogi east senatorial district.
“We are amazed that the committee sent to screen aspirants for the Kogi east senatorial district primary election would disqualify over 15 aspirants for the office under despicable guises just to pave way for the incumbent, Senator Attai Aidoko to emerge as the sole candidate.
“We wish to remind Prince Secondus and members of the National Working Committee that the PDP can’t afford to lose the goodwill it currently enjoys in Kogi state and other parts of the country due to the desires of a few.
“We also wish to remind Prince Secondus that he had gone on live national TV on March 26, 2018, to apologise to Nigerians for some of the undemocratic ways that characterized the party when it was in power, an apology that was welcomed by Nigerians and earned the party so much goodwill.”
Okai also warned the party against the imposition of candidates, which he says may have a negative impact on the electoral fortunes of the party.
“We hereby demand that the party leadership arrest this ticking time-bomb and ensure that all aspirants are cleared to test their popularity at the party primary election. The PDP cannot afford a repeat of 2015 when we lost due to the insistence of some National Assembly leaders to grant tickets to non-performing incumbents.”