Maku calls for cancellation of Nasarawa PDP gubernatorial primary election

A former Minister of Information, Labaran Maku, has called on the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, leadership to cancel the governorship primary election in Nasarawa State due to alleged irregularities.

Mr. Maku’s call was contained in a statement issued in Abuja on Tuesday by the Director of Publicity, Maku Campaign Organisation, Zakari Edege.

“The PDP in Nasarawa state had written to the headquarters on Nov. 28, to protest against the sudden change of delegates’ lists from Keana, Obi, Lafia, Akwanga, and Nasarawa Eggon local governments,” he said.

“The Chairman of the Electoral Panel, Sen. Adolphus Wabara, following the protest, insisted that he had instructions from the national secretariat to use the altered delegates list for the primaries.”

Mr. Maku said he “wondered why there were separate delegates lists for the conduct of State and National Assembly primaries and the governorship primary’’.

He also alleged that the conduct of the primary election did not conform to the established guidelines as the number of ballot papers exceeded the number of delegates in Nasarawa state.

Mr. Maku complained that threat and coercion were used to prevent delegates from freely expressing their choice adding that voting commenced late and went into the night thereby exposing delegates to danger.

“It is on this premise that I urge you most respectfully to use your good and exalted office to intervene by cancelling the gubernatorial primary election held in Nasarawa state,” Mr. Maku said. “I also urge you to conduct another primary election so as to ensure that a free and fair election is conducted in the state,”

Maku denies leaving PDP

Mr. Maku also denied reports that he was leaving the PDP, saying he would work for the success of the party at all levels.

Speaking to PREMIUM TIMES on phone, Mr. Maku’s campaign secretary, Kasimu Bakyano, said his principal remains a bona fide member of PDP and has never contemplated leaving the party.

Mr. Maku came second in the state PDP gubernatorial primaries with 160 votes while Yusuf Agabi polled 214 votes to emerge winner and defeated Mr. Maku and six other aspirants including the former governor Aliyu Akwe Doma, who scored 129 votes.

Mr. Bakyano said Mr. Maku would not leave the party just because of complains arising from the party primaries.
Mr. Bakyano said Mr. Maku’s letter of complaint to the party in the state over the concluded gubernatorial primaries in the state does not mean he intends to leave the party.

“Grievances is different from defection, because he forwarded a letter of complaint over the conduct of the primaries doesn’t mean he has left the party,” he said.

“We have one or two fundamental issues over the conduct of the primaries which we want the party to address it.”

When contacted the state publicity Secretary of the PDP, Mark Neto, said he was yet to see the letter of complaint but added that the party will inaugurate a reconciliatory committee on Wednesday.


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  • Proud Nigerian

    Pity,the way the cookie crumbled. It is good people get their own dose of medicine so early in the day. Welcome to Nigeria Mr former minister.

  • AChosenOne BySheerGrace

    Maku, those who ride the back of the tiger, end up inside the stomach of the tiger. As Minister of Information, you always defended the acts of PDP. Th y couldn’t ever be wrong. Try not to contradict yourself now.
    I laugh because this man organized the impeachment bid of Al-Makura in the hope that the governorship slot will fall squarely on his lap. No my friend. Those that kill to succeed will have death awaiting them at the threshold of their “success”. Take heart. Dieris God o.

  • I Hate Sycophant Truly

    So this man can ask for free and fair election? I just dey laugh. I remember what a learned man once said that, they that live by the gun shall surely die by the by the gun. Thank God he’s also a christian like me, the Bible always admonish us that the measure will measure it for others, shall also be measure unto us. Its equally told us, each shall reap the fruit of their labour. Mark should remember time he wanted to sur-change Nassarawa state mandate with House of Assembly dishonourable members but it backfired.
    LESSON: whatever will do today could hurt us tomorrow before we even die.

  • sammyctu ode

    When you were dis-information minister, you were running your loud dirty mouth against Nigerians, against the critics of this useless administration and against opposition parties saying jonathan is your god, etc. Now that you are out of government, you found out that even the pdp you were killing yourself does not like or love you and also your people back home who were suffering under the useless policies of jonathan and pdp hate your guts. Your closed eyes are now wide open and now you are demanding this and that. Every time I see you on TV, I always thought to myself that even this maku is not sincere to jonathan, does not believe in what the pdp stands for and knows that pdp is the most criminal party on earth.

  • Bidemi Lukman

    I congratulate Nasarawa people for not having Maku as one of the contestants. E for use mouth finish Nasarawa people if be becomes a governor. Besides, APC will definately win Nasarawa state

  • DANJUMA DANGANA

    MR LABARAN MAKU HAS ALWAYS BEEN LIVING IN A FOOLS PARADISE. HE HAS ALL ALONG THOUGHT THAT HE IS POPULAR WITH THE PEOPLE. HE HAS BEEN PART OF THE NIGERIA’S PROBLEM BY MISLEADING NIGERIANS ON THE STATE OF THE NIGERIA’S ECONOMY. HE HAS DECEIVED NIGERIANS ON SO MANY NATIONAL ISSUES. HOW CAN GOD ALLOW HIM TO HAVE HIS WAY. IMPOSSIBLE.

  • King Carlos

    Like Koro like Maku…. welcome to Murtala Muhammed Int Airport

  • imam Imam

    A pity . maku its pains you what a pity ?

  • imam Imam

    You think Nasarawa State will be easy for you. its because of your personal intrest . you need power by all means Nasarawa State is in statevof every day killing. apity

  • MushinSpeaks

    Even in his party, he is not needed; how much more at the polls. Anything PDP is bad-the people of Nasarawa are comfortable with CHANGE and progress!

  • malam amadi

    maku na only you waka come? chei chei… joind PDM

  • abdullahi

    I love Nigerians. They know the right time and corner to do you ‘shege’. It is unfortunate that not even a single soul is coming to your rescue. You are finished.When you were lying to Nigerians you thought they were morons, not knowing that you are just fooling yourselves. Wait until February 2015, when the circle of sending GEJ and his corrupt master, Alamisegha out of the Villa to Otuoke will be completed. Na that time your eye ‘go clear’.