Mr. President, please this is a mockery of the rule of law
I write seeking space in your revered and highly-circulating publication to express my opinion on a recent political happening in my home state, Delta.
On December 8, 2014, SilverBird Television’s primetime news bulletin captured the outcome of the primary election conducted by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the House of Representatives aspirants for Aniocha/Oshimili Federal Constituency. The station reported that the polling clerk identified as Barrister Jerome Ebo pronounced the exercise, which started very late, as inconclusive due to insufficient ballot papers. It further revealed that the votes already cast were taken to the police station for safe-keeping.
However, the news making the round, mostly in the social media, is that the exercise has been secretly concluded. The news indicates that the Presidency and the National Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have purportedly picked Hon Ndudi Elumelu as PDP’s candidate for the Constituency. Hon Elumelu, who is the current occupier of the seat, vacated the position, in line with the party’s directive, to vie for the party’s gubernatorial ticket at the just-concluded primaries. He, alongside other contenders, lost the ticket to Senator Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa.
This recent development is said to be highly unwelcomed by most party faithful especially the aspirants originally cleared for the ticket. Also, there are speculations that some bigwigs irked by this ugly development in the party are considering the option of dumping the ruling party for the virulent opposition parties in the state or secretly work against their party’s interest at the general polls. Expectedly, the situation is now generating widespread social media condemnation for both the Presidency and the ruling party, PDP. Many commentators expressed fears that the situation if not amicably resolved by the appropriate quarters might affect the ruling party’s fortunes during the 2015 general elections.
Hon Elumelu’s gubernatorial campaign materials are still visible in every nook and cranny of Delta State. One can easily deduced from the campaign strategies that his main desire in 2015, perhaps backed by the ‘Abuja-super-power,’ was to be the next occupant of Unity House, Asaba. Therefore, the moral questions which many political observers and social media commentators are asking are, when did Hon Elumelu bought PDP’s expression of interest form and was openly cleared within the party’s stipulated time to vie for the House of Reps ticket? What is the fate of the main contenders especially those who vacated their previous elective positions for the party’s House of Representatives primaries in Aniocha/Oshimili Federal Constituency?
The Presidency and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) consistently prides themselves as strong promoters of internal democracy and defender of the rule of law. They must strictly follow their laid down 2014 Electoral Guidelines for PDP’s Primary Elections which they equally stated conform with the provisions of the Party’s Constitution (2012 as amended), the Electoral Act, 2010 (as Amended) and the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as Amended).
The purported arrangement to hand-pick Hon Ndudi Elumelu as the party’s candidate for Aniocha/Oshimili Federal Constituency is highly undemocratic and a mockery of the rule of law.
Media Data Analyst
Itire, Mushin, Lagos