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Thugs invade Kwara PDP primary election venue, disrupt exercise

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Senate President Bukola Saraki has narrated how the governorship primary election of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was disrupted on Sunday.

 

Reports have it that the PDP cancelled its guber primary following a confrontation between supporters of two leading aspirants.

 

The exercise had been going on smoothly at Banquet Hall, opposite government house, Ilorin, until some loyalists of Bolaji Abdullahi and Razak Atunwa, two top aspirants, clashed over alleged attempt to manipulate the primary.

 

Some supporters of Abdulahi alleged that most of the ballot papers had the name of Atunwa written on them.

 

Atunwa is believed to have the backing of the senate president and Abdulafatai Ahmed, governor of the state.

 

But reacting in a statement which Yusuph Olaniyonu, his special adviser on media and publicity, issued on his behalf, Saraki said he had no preferred candidate in the contest.

 

“Dr. Saraki believes that competence, popularity and acceptability, must be the deciding factors in the selection of the party’s gubernatorial candidate, as such, due to the fact that many of the aspirants in question meet all three criteria, Dr. Saraki has stated that a level-playing field must be provided for all the aspirants to vie for the gubernatorial ticket of the PDP in Kwara,” the statement read.

 

“Going back to today’s incident, accreditation had already taken place, and delegates from two Local Government Areas had already voted. The third Local Government had started to vote,

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