Following the endless stream of petition against the conduct of last congresses in some states, the National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has approved the conduct of fresh congresses from the ward level in Taraba, Benue, Ogun and Ondo states.
This was one of the key decisions taken at the 313th meeting of the NWC held during the week.
Briefing newsmen on the decisions Deputy National Chairman of the party, Dr. Sam Sam Jaja, said the NWC has looked into the complaints arising from the conduct of primaries in the affected states and found the petitions plausible to merit conduct of fresh congresses in the affected states.
According to him, the NWC also relied on the letter from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on the conductof the congresses to reach its decision but quickly added that the electoral umpire’s report was not sacrosanct.
“We received petitions on the congresses, we depend to some extent on INEC report but their report is not sacrosanct”
Jaja further declared that the party has already commenced fresh congresses at the ward level in Ogun and “the process in Ogun will be completed next week.”
He explained that the NWC has resolved to curb the issue of imposition of candidates and return the party to the people.
Responding to a question on the demolition of Mpape settlement in the Federal Capital Territory, Jaja said the PDP will not tie back the hand of the government from developing and giving the nation’s capital a facelift.
He said the party is in support of the demolition and gave assurance that all those affected with genuine documents will be compensated.
Jaja decried the rate slums are springing up in the FCT, stressing that it is giving the city a negative image.
“I support totally that those places be demolished. You cannot hold down the hand of government from developing the city because of politics and elections. We are no more primitive people and we can no longer live primitively. Today we are enjoying Abuja because Mallam (Nasir) El-Rufai demolished shanties and illegal structures.”
Meanwhile, indication emerged on Friday that the Edo chapter of the PDP may head for the election petition tribunal to challenge the victory of Governor Adams Oshiomhole at the July 14 gubernatorial election in the state.
The governor polled 477,498 votes to score 73.73 percent of the total vote cast while PDP’s candidate, General Charles Arhiavbere (rtd), got 144,325 votes to emerged runner up with 22.27 percent.
It was gathered that it is already looking by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)
Confirming the development during a telephone conversation with our correspondent on Friday,Edo PDP Chairman, Chief Dan Osi Orbih, said, “Yes we are inspecting some of the materials used during the last election as stated in the Electoral Act. We don’t need to go to court to seek permission before verifying them. I am told by the committee set up by our party, that they are noting findings concerning the materials.”
Continuing, he said, “That is the much I can tell you for now. However, it is going to be difficult for me to tell you if the party will eventually challenge the result of the election or not. The findings of the committee when they report back to the party by Tuesday will determine all that.
“For now, we are awaiting the findings of the committee. They would tell us in their report either there were irregularities in the election such that would warrant the party to file an action at the tribunal. That is where we are now.”
– Daily Independent