By Chinwe Imo-Eze Onwosi
Over twenty state House of Assembly aspirants under the platform of Peoples Democratic party (PDP) Ebonyi State chapter have petitioned the National Working Committee of the party over delay in conducting the primaries.
The aspirants In a press briefing Thursday, in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State capital called on the party national leadership to urgently address the anomalies bedeviling the party in the state leading to the ugly development of the Cancellation of party primaries in Ebonyi.
Recall that the party had on Tuesday conducted state assembly primaries across the country excluding Ebonyi State due to leadership crisis in the state party.
Representative of the PDP Ebonyi State House of Assembly aspirants, Hon.Steve Rodstick Eze expressed regretted over the pitiable situation of members who bought forms and cleared to contest for political positions in the state.
“Urgent Need To Rescue Ebonyi PDP, call for an urgent intervention of the NWC ” – Forum of Ebonyi PDP House of Assembly Aspirants. “We, the aspirants for Ebonyi State House of Assembly on the platform of our great party, The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have keenly observed the turn of events in Ebonyi State PDP over the past 3 weeks and we are gravely concerned for our dear party and our ambitions. “We are concerned over the ugly uncertainty we face every day in Ebonyi State PDP, it has become URGENT that we speak out to our National Party Leaders to intervene and save the party from apparent impending IMPLOSION of the PDP in Ebonyi State.
“About a month ago, the party opened her door for Sales of nomination and expression of interest forms giving Aspirants the privilege to join the race for 2023 general elections. Over 70 persons aspiring for Ebonyi State House of Assembly seats bought forms, filled, and submitted and got cleared.
The group regretted that the aspirants have committed alot of resources only to be denied of the primary exercise.
” Some of these aspirants sold their properties, while some borrowed money to purchase their forms and to go round parts of their respective constituencies for consultations with party members and delegates.
“A lot more persons bought forms to contest for other various positions such as House of Representatives, Senatorial and Governorship positions. They added,
“The House of Assembly primary election was first scheduled to hold on May 7th, 2022 and since then it has been postponed for three (3) times. “Finally, other states already had their primary elections on Tuesday 24th May, 2022.
“However, in Ebonyi State we are currently faced with deafening silence and uncertainty with our fate and that of our party hanging on the balance over the primary election for various offices”.
The group who maintained optimismthat the national leadership of the party would arrest the situation, appealed that they should hasten up in the demand so as to save the image of the party in Ebonyi state.
“As good party men and women, we’ve endured this tumultuous and harrowing days with stoic confidence and hope that the National Working Committee (NWC) of our great party would adequately arrest the situation and ensure that our party faces the coming election.
“However, recent events with regards to the PDP in Ebonyi State suggest that the NWC is either bent on killing the PDP in Ebonyi or invariably doing a hatchet man’s job for the enemies of the PDP in Ebonyi State and the Southeast zone at large. It’s now trending in Abia, Anambra, Imo, Enugu and other states (in other zones) that the NWC sells tickets to highest bidders causing those who have stood firm with the party in trying times to be frustrated out of the party, a situation that is causing serious crisis in various chapters of the party, especially in the Southeast.
“In the last two days three great icons of the PDP in the Southeast namely their Excellencies Mr. Peter Obi, an outstanding Presidential aspirant of our great party, Senator Ike Ekweremadu former Deputy President of the Senate and a Governorship aspirant in Enugu State and Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, the Senate Minority Leader and a Governorship aspirant in Abia State have all left the PDP in a most disgraceful manner.
“We are, therefore, particularly appealing to NWC to quickly set matters straight as it concerns the case of 3-man ad-hoc delegates and primary elections in Ebonyi State.
“It cannot be over emphasized that the PDP is the dominant, most viable and leading party in Ebonyi State and any action that causes the party not to field candidates in the state will not only kill the party in the state but confirm the notion that the PDP is out to sideline the Southeast in its fold.
Continuing,”We demand that the NWC of the PDP save the party in Ebonyi State and the Southeast by intervening on current crises that has thrown millions of PDP faithfuls in Ebonyi State into confusion, despair and uncertainty.
“We demand that the NWC do the needful and take active steps to set aside major impediments and ensure primary elections are conducted in Ebonyi State in a free and fair manner before the June 3rd deadline in line with extant electoral laws.
“We alert our teeming members in the state and Nigerians at large to hold the PDP National Working Committee of the PDP responsible should Ebonyi State fail to field Candidates for various positions in the 2023 general elections