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'Hijacked' Delegate List: Fear, Anxiety Grips Akwa Ibom Politicians…

Barely four days to the People Democratic Party, PDP, Primaries in the State, fear and anxiety have gripped aspirants seeking the party’s ticket for next year general elections as many of them are said to be at a loss over the delegates’ list.

Our correspondent gathered that the list which has been subject of controversies since the November 1, 2014 Ward Congress has thrown aspirants into confusion and they are yet to know the authentic delegates that will participate in the primaries on Saturday.

A National Assembly aspirant from Uyo Federal Constituency who spoke with our correspondent said that the controversy surrounding the list in addition to the Abuja Federal High Court injunction that the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, and National Chairman of PDP, Alhaji Adamu Muazu should not recognize the result of the Ward Congress has made him and other aspirants suspect foul play on the primaries.
The parliament hopeful said he has also lost confidence in the entire exercise.
His words, “As I speak to you now, I am at a loss of who would vote in Saturday’s House of Assembly primaries. This is bad. Infact, I don’t have confidence in the primaries.

Let the party release the list immediately if they want to conduct free and fair primaries”
It was learnt that delegate list has generated so much rumours in the state with some PDP Elders in Abuja alleged to have hijacked the list.

The delegates list is also said to have been a major reason a governorship aspirant, Umana Okon Umana went to court to stop it from being used for the primaries as well as reason for his planned defection from PDP to APC.
The state Chapter of PDP has not cleared the air on the controversy surrounding the delegate list.

Culled from Sensor Newspaper

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