AFTER officially submitting names of candidates for National Assembly elections to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) ahead of the 2019 general elections, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has warned the faction loyal to Senator Burundi Kashamu in Ogun State not to attempt to submit unauthorised names to the electoral body.
The faction under the Adebayo Dayo-led parallel state executive was said to have sold nomination forms to aspirants without authorisation from the national leadership of the party.
But in a statement issued in Abuja on Friday by Kola Ologbondiyan, its National Publicity Secretary, the party warned that any individual who attempts to submit illegal names will face the wrath of the law.
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According to a statement, the party noted with disdain moves by certain individuals to illegally submit unauthorised names from some purported primaries by dissident elements, notably in Ogun State.
It said the PDP is aware that such elements forged and sold various fake nomination forms, and cornered the proceeds for their selfish gains.
The statement added: “Those who unwittingly bought these fake nomination forms did not pass through the due process of screening and did not participate in primaries as officially conducted by the Electoral Committee set up by the National Working Committee.
“The conduct of primaries and submission of names of candidate remain in the purview of the National Working Committee. Any other purported primaries by any state chapter or any other level of the party is absolutely illegal and of no consequence.”
The PDP, therefore, warned, in the strongest possible term, that anybody who attempts to present any name from such illegal primaries as the candidate of our party will face arrest and prosecution for forgery and stealing of funds derived from the sale of fake nomination forms.
Furthermore, it said. the National Working Committee, therefore, urged all PDP members and the general public to be calm as the rule of Law shall be strictly adhered to, particularly in all processes in the party’s participation in the 2019 general elections.
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