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Ekiti 2022: Group advises PDP to avert legal issues

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Ahead of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)’s governorship primary in Ekiti State, a support group, PDP Partners for Progress, yesterday said that the party is limited to two options to avoid the dangers of a prolonged legal logjam and disquiet.

The group, however, wants the Iyorchia Ayu-led leadership to approach the Ekiti matter with “political wisdom and intelligence,” fearing that “the absence of justice could truncate the entire exercise and deny the PDP a candidate and victory.”

The PDP Partners, in a statement in Abuja, signed by its Coordinator, Mohammed Giwa, said the two options left for PDP in Ekiti was to either conduct direct primaries or use only the statutory (super) delegates as recognised by the party’s constitution and guidelines.

According to the group, “We have watched with keen interest the political developments in Ekiti State arising from the botched three ad-hoc delegates congress, the encumbered harmonisation report and the threat of conducting a governorship primary that could endanger the chances of the PDP.

“Since there are still pending cases in court arising from the controversial 2020 Congresses in Ekiti State, we wish to quickly draw the attention of the PDP leadership to the recent turn of events at the Supreme Court where the Apex court reversed itself in the case of GTB vs Innoson.

“While it is indisputable that the PDP has a good prospect of winning Ekiti if the party can present a viable candidate and get the other aspirants to cooperate, the looming danger, however, is in going the way of Zamfara or Rivers, where the APC lost out completely in 2019.

“The harmonisation and reconciliation between the warring groups have failed,the three ad-hoc delegates election was a disaster, the national delegates’ election did not hold, there are two outstanding local government congresses, there are pending litigations, and the tensed atmosphere cannot allow the repeat of these exercises,” the statement stated. Continue Reading

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