Nigeria

PDP delegates congress: Jonathan’s kinsmen protest substitution, exclusion

Simon Utebor, Yenagoa

Aggrieved members of the Peoples Democratic Party in former President Goodluck Jonathan’s constituency in Ogbia Local Government Area, Bayelsa State, have taken their complaint on alleged name substitution, exclusion, hijack and breach of democratic electoral process to the party’s Delegates Appeal Panel.

The concerned members, under the auspices of the Ogbia LGA Concerned Members Forum, consist of party faithful who bought nomination forms for the PDP ad hoc delegates congress/election for the 13 wards in Ogbia.

The Forum in a letter of complaint to the three-man appeal panel, chaired by Mr Udo Ibeji with Chief Uche Usawa as Secretary, said the PDP in its guidelines fixed September 8 for the conduct of the party’s congress to elect three ad hoc ward delegates.

The forum said that on that date, card-carrying members of the  PDP in the LGA gathered at the ward headquarters of the party and waited endlessly for electoral officials to arrive.

It said the party faithful gathered again on September 9 but the officials did not turn up, hence card-carrying members in accordance with the party constitution conducted the delegates’ election that produced 39 delegates cutting across the 13 wards in the area.

The forum, in its letter, signed by all the 39 elected delegates across the 13 wards, copied to the National Working Committee, Board of Trustees and other critical stakeholders of the party, insisted that the September 9 delegates’ election was authentic as members followed party’s electoral guidelines.

The letter reads, “At a time that we should be righting wrongs, some are bent on doing otherwise.

Bayelsa State and Ogbia LGA particularly is the constituency of the immediate past President of the country, Goodluck  Jonathan, and all eyes are on all of us.

“We are confident in the ability of the leadership of the party to do the needful to avoid losses and unpalatable consequences. Governor Seriake Dickson is an advocate of justice.

“We of the Forum are determined in our commitment and loyalty to the party in standing to defend the ideals and ideologies of the party as set out by the founding fathers who worked tirelessly to give us this party.”

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