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Kogi West Senate: PDP says no automatic ticket, funding of candidates

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…Says Decision aims at checking impunity, disaffection amongst members

By BOLUWAJI OBAHOPO, LOKOJA

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in Kogi West Senatorial District has said no aspirant would be granted automatic ticket for any elective position in the 2019 general election.

The party also said it will not sponsor any candidate that emerge for the elections, said any aspirant who energed as candidate should be ready to finance their election.

The party decisions were taken at the residence of General David Jemibewon, (a member of the board of Trustee of the party) at Aiyetoro Gbedde at a meeting of major stakeholders and Party Executives of the party of the district.

The stakeholders meeting in a communiqué after the meeting resolved that a level playing field would however be created for all aspirants to slug it out for the party’s ticket in a free and fair primaries.

The communiqué read apart, “The decision is taken in the best interest of the party towards ensuring that it discourages impunity and any action that may likely create disaffection amongst it members.

“We however urged newly joined members of the party to be ready to slug it out in a free and fair contest with the older members of the party; a level playing field would be created for the primaries.

“We advised all aspirants to be ready to fund their election, no aspirant should expect manner from heaven, aspirants should therefore strive for effective funding of their elections, and appealed to all aspirants to be of good conduct, work and abide by the party’s rules and regulations.”

The PDP also condemned the conduct of INEC at the just concluded Lokoja/Kogi Federal Constituency election, described the election as a sham for falling below minimum standard, “We expressed worries at the level of violence during the election, fingered the state government for using political thugs, and security agencies to affect the integrity of the bye election.

“We called on the federal government to put in place machinery that would forestall future occurrence, if such measures are not put in place, people would have no choice but to take laws into their hands.”

Some of the major stakeholders at the meeting include: Gen. David Jemibewon, BoT Member of the party, Chief Sam Akande, former deputy governor, Sen. Tunde Ogbeha, Hon. Musa Ahmadu, Shola Akanmode, Chief Abiodun Ojo, Shola Ojo, Alh Hassan Salahu, Sam Abenemi, PDP Deputy Chairman. Mrs Margret Orebiyi, Bar. Kola Ojo, All Kogi West Zonal Executives, and all the seven Local government areas party chairmen in the district amongst others.

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