PDP has Suspended Primaries in Southeast State
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Imo has announced that its primary elections for the House of Assembly and House of Representatives have been postponed indefinitely due to an unreconciled delegates list.
Mr Kessinger Ikeokwu, the party’s Legal Advisor in the state, said on Sunday that the non-conduct of the primaries was due to confusion caused by the National Assembly.
Ikeoku explained that Imo would not vote with the other states’ three-man and one-man national delegates, as they were doing now.
“Please note that the suspension of the PDP house of assembly and house of representatives primaries in Imo was due to the confusion that arose from the national assembly’s error in the country,” he said.
“This is based on Section 84 (8) of the Electoral Act, which resulted in the exclusion of over 80% of delegates who were supposed to vote in the primaries.”
“The Imo PDP’s case was complicated by the fact that it had not cleaned up its three man ad hoc delegates, who were supposed to vote in the primaries but couldn’t because of pending litigation.”
“Every preparation was made for us to vote through our statutory delegates before the national assembly discovered the error in Section 84 of the Amended Electoral Act of 2022, which excluded the statutory delegates.”
“What it means is that it has created chaos for Imo because our elected delegates have not been completed,” he explained.
He urged party members to ignore fifth columnists who claim the party is in crisis.
There is no crisis, he claims, because the party’s leadership at all levels is working together to ensure that our ad hoc delegates are cleared to vote at our primaries at a later date to be announced.
He assured them that the state delegate list would be properly constituted to vote in the primaries as soon as President Muhammadu Buhari signed the amended Electoral Act, 2022.