PDP Aspirants Forum set to join APC

All Progressives Congress

As Nigeria’s political atmosphere continues to heat up, a major setback may have struck the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), as a group of its influential members under the auspices of PDP Aspirants Forum (PAF), are set to decamp to the opposition parties.

The forum made their position known after a brainstorming meeting that took place at Rockview Royal Hotel, in Abuja FCT.

The organisation which comprises top of members of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), namely: Hon. Godfrey Ali Gaiya, House of Representatives (Kaduna North-West), Hon. Tom Zakari, House of Representatives (Kogi North-Central), Hon. Ganama Titsi House of Representatives (Adamawa North-East), Babatunde Gbadamosi, Governorship (Lagos South West), Hon. Ndudi Elumelu Governorship (Delta South-South), Chief Richard Lamai, Senate (Edo South-South), Hon Bethel Amadi, Governorship (Imo South–East) and

They averred that their members had put themselves forward for primary election for various political positions nationwide i.e. gubernatorial office estimated at nearly 300 candidates, National Assembly about 1,500 candidates and State House of Assemblies of about 3,000 candidates conducted between November and December 2014.

They met all party requirements but were deliberately denied tickets through the instrumentality of rigging and lack of internal democracy as against the Rules and Regulations of PDP.

The aggrieved members in a communiqué issued expressed their disenchantment over the shady conduct of the primaries across board that was marred with all sorts’ of irregularities that short-changed the popular aspirants at the primaries.

The forum in their reaction, averred further that party’s inability to conduct a free and fair primaries in all the 36 states of the federation, was a calculated plan to ostracise most of the popular political aspirants.

They accused the party’s top officials of being biased and selective in their conduct as against the PDP constitution.

Alleging that the party collected huge sums of money for nomination forms from members of the forum, when the party leadership had already anointed candidates before the commencement of the primaries.

In their communiqué the forum accused the party leadership of discrimination and marginalisation, stressing that they were ignored in the Presidential Campaign Organisation of Mr President- a move designed to exclude members of the forum from the party and deny them opportunity of benefiting from the success of the PDP after the general elections.

At the end of the meeting, members of the forum resolved that 50% of political appointive offices in the next government should be reserved for members of the forum, and that Certificate of Clearance be issued to members of the forum who were screened to contest the questionable primaries but were denied Certificate of Clearance by the party.

They called on the party leader, President Goodluck Jonathan to direct the refund of the nomination form fees collected from aspirants, also called on the Reconciliation committee set up by the party to assuage members’ grievances by reaching the leadership and individual members of the forum before the conduct of the Presidential elections come March 28th.

They further demanded for funding to enable them mobilise their broad membership base across the country and their respective constituencies so as to galvanise the support of President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan to victory.

They reaffirm that failure to address the issues raised in the communique by the leadership of PDP would result to mass exodus of all members of the forum to the opposition parties.

Warning that the opposition parties are already wooing the forum to pitch tents with them.

However, when contacted the House of Representatives Chairman, Committee on Health and PDP governorship aspirant in Delta state, Hon. Ndudi Elumelu, in his reaction stated “I am doing my best to ensure that this noble forum does not join the opposition parties, it will be disastrous for our party PDP and such affect the chances of President Goodluck Jonathan at the poll, I urge the PDP leadership to look in to this matter with urgency” he said.

According to Elumelu he has embarked on extensive consultations and interactions with major stakeholders across board to foster continued dialogue and harmonious resolution of the grievances of the forum.

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