PDP cancels endorsement of candidates by state chapters

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The ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has declared all consensus governorship candidates raised by party’s state chapters, null and void.

The party’s National Working Committee, NWC, again warned state governors elected on the platform of the party to desist from nominating a sole candidate to succeed them in the 2015 election.

The National Secretary of the party, Wale Oladipo, in a release on Thursday said the NWC at its meeting held the same day noted that some elected officers of the party at the state level continued to engage in processes aimed at endorsing candidates for the 2015 general elections.

They had been warned by the party’s national leadership that they, as unbiased umpires, should not be involved in such.

The party’s spokesperson, Olisa Metuh, last week also issued a statement saying that while the party would not stop individuals, groups or communities from endorsing persons of their choice, “the national leadership wishes to restate in the strongest possible terms that elected party officials at the state, local government and ward levels must not be involved in such, as they must remain as unbiased umpires in the nomination process.”

Mr. Metuh also said “For the avoidance of doubt, only the National Executive Committee, NEC, as an organ of the party can officially endorse a candidate under the PDP constitution. All party officials at all levels are expected to be guided by this.”

Governor Martin Elechi had recently endorsed the current Minister of Health, Onyebuchi Chukwu as his successor, while Sullivan Chime of Enugu had also stated that the PDP in the state had endorsed a current member of the House of Representative, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi as his successor.

The Governor of Niger State Muazu Aliyu had stated that the public would soon know who the PDP endorsed as its gubernatorial candidate for the 2015 general elections within one week.

Mr. Aliyu reportedly made the promise when PDP members from zone `B’ area of the state paid him a Sallah homage in his Minna residence.

The party’s national secretary however said the party “strongly frowns at this development and issues this as a final warning to all elected party officials and chapters at all levels, and shall not hesitate to sanction such erring officers or chapters”.

He said the sanctity of PDP’s nomination processes must be protected at all times.

“We therefore wish to assure all party members that there shall be a level playing ground for all aspirants intending to participate in the nomination processes.

“Consequently, the NWC will not hesitate to protect any of our members who in any way stand to be short changed, cheated or victimized by such endorsements,” he said.

He also called on all PDP member and supporters therefore to disregard all such endorsements, saying the party will conduct primaries to duly elect its flag bearers in line with the provisions of the Electoral Act and the constitution of great party.

The party’s National Executive Committee, NEC, had last month adopted President Goodluck Jonathan as its sole candidate for the February 2015 election.

The wave of endorsement by state governors is on the heels of the decision by all organs of the party except the National convention to adopt President Goodluck Jonathan as the sole candidate of the party to run a second term in the 2015 election.


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  • Kitunde

    What is good for the Goose, is good for the Gander…….What did they expect?

  • Wähala

    Dr. Dumbo stiff-arms Governors: One PDP Constitution… two interpretations!
    Govs. Elechi, Chime and Akpabio are left in the park holding their crotch… as agbero bus conductor, Olisa Metuh, slams the door shut on further endorsements of consensus candidates. Na back to primary ati secondary scools before higher political ambitions. Gov. Akpabio once described PDP travails as “storm in a tea cup”…with Wike, Prof. Onyebuchukwu et al, intent on getting their paws in the pot, the next storm will be a tsunami in a cauldron pot and a major rush for re-alignments. Simply put, Dr. Dumbo deceived the Governors into adopting him, but has again reneged on his promise of reciprocity and automatic dis-n-dat for those phoolish enough to trust Ali Baba in a fake Indiana Jones hat. The “gander” has deceived the goose into swallowing poison… Hahahaa chai. Na laff for kalabari!

    • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

      What a dumb comment from another Tinubu minion. Unlike APC, where Mr Opeyemi was expelled for insisting on having a primary contest with Gov. Fayemi in Ekiti state. PDP is showing a good example by insisting on primaries. Unlike APC where contestants for National Chairman were frustrated out of the party by Impositor-in-Chief Tinubu. PDP is saying votes will be counted in November primaries irrespective of whether state caucuses have tilted towards a particular candidate..
      You can continue to throw insults on your president but PDP has never been stronger than now. And when results are counted on February be ready to make excuses.

      • Wähala

        Mallam Mugu,
        If the “PDP is showing a good example by insisting on primaries” like your gullible ahss believes, why didn’t they start from the head? That creek crook is not my president, he is an Ijaw President and it doesn’t include you, mallam mugu. Ask him to accept his adoption first before planning on the crumbs you will pick in February after the results are announced. Don’t count the pieces until you’ve killed a snake. Guess why Dumbo is yet to accept his gold-plated offer to run for re-election? Mugu with a badge. You come here and paste what Reno Omokri handed to you without understanding the contents… He-Goat indeed like your dirty name. Ode buruku! Dindirin!!!

        • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

          You will soon run out of insults, minion. In most democracies, an incumbent has more compelling right to second term than any party member. Remind me, who ran against Obama in 2012 Democratic primary? An Ijaw man is your President and you cant do nothing except your online tantrums. Head to the transformer near you, bigot.

          • Wähala

            Is Dumbo Obama?
            Why are you comparing a cross-bred chimp with a refined human being…
            Take a look at both men and justify the rational for comparison. Obama declares his assets and pays taxes on them every year. When was the last time your crook from the creeks declared his net worth, muchless pay taxes on them? Don’t get me started because I will give you a heart attack if you really don’t want me to insult your Ali Baba in fake Indiana Jones hat. A chimp… and ugly piece of shit !!!

          • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

            infantile tantrums galore. smh. Read your constitution. No one becomes a governor or president without declaring his assets. GEJ like Fashola and other 35 state governors took advantage of the law that said they can make private declaration to relevant body. GEJ, Fashola and other 35 governors declared their assets. If GEJ is not Obama, why do you compare him with Obama in other aspects of governance? By the way, because I know you have problem of comprehension, I did not compare GEJ to Obama. I compared Nigerian party system with American party system. Let me ask another question, you are free to use childish insult to answer, Why did Hilary not contest in 2012 US democratic primary?

          • Wähala

            What is Dumbo worth liar?
            Go and read Prof. Sagay’s advise to your moronic idol and stop exhibiting amazing s+pudity trying to rob off on my name. I’m playing chess against the computer at the moment in preparation for my weekend tournament, I have no time for your ilk. Baztard, think I don’t know who you are ba? You’ve had your 5mins of fame… now, buzz off !!!

          • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

            You can start by asking Fashola what he is worth. Sagay is an advocate of public declaration, which by the way I agree with. but so far the law allows for private declaration, then GEJ and Fashola have not broken any law. Oya go continue with your online scam, boy.

          • Efe1

            My guy why not apply to SA(TAN) so you can join their band of headless crazed individuals.

          • Ashibogu

            Light no dey for transformer! We no get light even as I am typing now.

          • Efe1

            But ours is not like any democracy.

      • Kachi

        Was endorsing President a proper election?. And which vote counted for him to be the candidate for the PDP without doing the primary election… If the Governor of a state can not pick his successor… The only option they have is to defect to another party and make their way out and later come back to PDP… You can not be in Abuja and dictate for the governor… Unless the PDP is playing with 2015 election…. You have to be calculative in any aspect of Politics okay….. Moreover the Governors has the highest number of Individuals who will participate in the Primary election okay. they most surely have their way out on this issue okay… Bet me and we shall see …..

        • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

          Okay, Mr Nostradamus.

  • TopeLamas

    All dis is jst a way of taking d govt away from d masses, gej knows nt every pdp member supports his dormant govt derefore picki g governshio candidate from nationals gives him control over d state. In whatever way God will unsit dis useless man out of aso rock

    • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

      Tope go back to class room. This is incoherent.

      • Efe1

        If i offer N5m to explain what Tope just said, you will find out that it is very coherent.

      • TopeLamas

        U know it is nt a must to reply to a comment if u dnt v something good to say why nt jst keep quiet.