2019: PDP Ready To Send Dissident Members To Jail
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has warned dissident members of the party that may not be happy with the results of the primary elections in some states that it will send them to jail if they try to scuttle the peace that had prevailed during the elections.
The party had submitted names of its candidate for the National Assembly elections to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) ahead of the 2019 general elections, but it said it had also noticed that there were disdain moves by certain individuals to illegally submit unauthorised names from some purported primaries by dissident elements, notably in Ogun State.
It says it is aware that such elements forged and sold various fake nomination forms, and cornered the proceeds for their selfish gains.
In a statement by its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, the party said those who unwittingly bought these fake nomination forms did not pass through the due process of screening and did not participate in primaries as officially conducted by the Electoral Committee set up by the National Working Committee.
"The conduct of primaries and submission of names of candidate remain in the purview of the National Working Committee.
"Any other purported primaries by any state chapter or any other level of the party is absolutely illegal and of no consequence.
"The PDP therefore warns, in the strongest possible term, that anybody who attempts to present any name from such illegal primaries as candidate of our party will face arrest and prosecution for forgery and stealing of funds derived from sale of fake nomination forms.
"Furthermore, the National Working Committee therefore urge all PDP members and the general public to be calm as the rule of Law shall be strictly adhered to, particularly in all processes in our participation in the 2019 general elections.
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