Akwa Ibom: PDP stake­hold­ers threaten court ac­tion if ex­cluded from pri­mary

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - From Patrick Odey, Uyo

Some elders of the Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP) in Akwa Ibom State have threat­ened to go to court to as­sert the fun­da­men­tal right of ev­ery qual­i­fied party mem­ber to con­test the party’s pri­mary in the state pur­suant to the 2015 gov­er­nor­ship elec­tion.

This in­di­ca­tion was made known to our cor­re­spon­dent at a PDP elders and stake­hold­ers, which re­cently met at the Amaz­ing Grace Cen­ter, where they urged for a free and open con­test in the forth­com­ing gov­er­nor­ship pri­maries of the party.

A no­table mem­ber of the group and for­mer At­tor­ney Gen­eral and Com­mis­sioner for Jus­tice in the state, Vic­tor Iyanam, said that the op­tion of a le­gal ac­tion was on the card if the gover­nor and his ap­pointees de­cide to go against the party’s dec­la­ra­tion to have an open con­test.

The elders, who were not part of those in­vited for the en­larged PDP meet­ing sched­uled to meet on Tues­day, say they have the ap­pre­hen­sion that the gover­nor may arm-twist his ap­pointees and those other cat­e­gories of party men in­vited to ex­clude other qual­i­fied as­pi­rants on the pre­text of zon­ing the gov­er­nor­ship to a par­tic­u­lar part of the state.

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