The Gubernatorial Campaign Organizers of the former Acting Governor, Garba Umar has insisted on primaries election for all aspirants seeking political offices in Taraba state, stating that electoral guidelines must be strictly observed.
In a statement signed by its Director General, Ahmed Yusuf described the allocation of various PDP election tickets under the watch of some members of the National Working Committee as unlawful and not reflective of the wishes of the people.
According to the campaign organization, the group locked out the legally elected delegates and some constitutionally recognized special delegates from the primaries and inappropriately produced a list of “winners” that are completely strange to PDP members in Taraba State.
“Some of the so-called “winners” had neither bought nomination forms nor screened for various elective positions allocated to them,” Yusuf said.
The campaign group however vows not to accept any candidate produced outside the nationally prescribed guidelines for election.
The organization called on the party’s National Executive Council, NEC, and NWC to re-order the primaries in Taraba State to allow duly elected delegates to participate in the exercise.
“The good people of Taraba State should be accorded their own respect and right of nominating their own candidates on home soil. Anything short of this is completely unacceptable.”
It said he had always believed that the PDP offers the best option for the promotion and institutionalization of democratic ideals and granting its members a level playing field for the attainment of their political aspirations. “However, the events of last one week signal a very disturbing and disappointing development to the effect that some fifth columnists have infiltrated the party, threatening its very existence.
“ One wonders whether it is the same PDP that has provided so much hope to Nigerians and had been a shining example to other Parties that have been mired in this controversies of god fathers, kangaroo primaries and cult of personalities.” He concluded.