2019: Presidential Aspirant Gives PDP 48 Hours To Drop Atiku
A presidential aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Stanley Osifo, is challenging Atiku Abubakar’s emergence as the party’s standard bearer.
He described Atiku’s emergence as an imposition, threatening a court action within 48 hours if the PDP did not address the issue.
Osifo gave this threat at a press conference in Lagos, declaring the national convention of PDP held sometime ago in Port- Harcourt, the River State capital as null and void.
The aggrieved PDP presidential aspirant said that he was denied participation in the exercise despite having obtained the necessary documents and fulfilled the requirement to enable him take part.
“I, therefore, call on the party to address this germane issue in the next 48 hours, failure which, we will proceed to court to seek redress. Therefore, the primary that produced the party’s presidential candidate is null and void.
“I have written two letters to the party and the chairman on the matter. But my complaint was not taken seriously and we would not relent until we get justice because we will continue to pursue the matter,” he said.
Osifo described his sidelining as “the height of impunity in the party,” saying the party should not have deemed it fit to collect from him money for expression of interest form, among others if it did not want him to participate in the exercise.
“There is no doubt; this is the height of impunity in the party. Before I decided to participate in the election, I met and discussed with the party leadership. As such, I obtained the form to enable me participate.
“Incidentally, when the party was meeting the aspirants to have discussion on primaries, I was never invited and only got to know about the development in the media. It is instructive to note that if the party did not want me to participate, why should it collect the money I paid for expression of interest to contest forms?” he queried.
Stressing that nobody was using him to scuttle the efforts of the party, the aggrieved PDP presidential aspirant maintained that he was protesting on the ground that he equally had the same rights to contest.
“I have addressed the same allegation in the past alleging that I am a mole in the party. I must make it clear again that nobody can use me to derail the PDP. I believe in the cohesiveness of the party, but it is not laying good example,” he said.
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