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Crisis rocks Kogi PDP primaries over alleged imposition of candidates

Crisis rocks Kogi PDP primaries over alleged imposition of candidates

- A fresh crisis has reportedly rocked Kogi state over alleged moves by a former governor of the state, Ibrahim Idris, to impose his family members on the electorate

- Idris is said to have planned to install his sons and aide as the sole candidates to fly the flag of the party in 2019 general elections

- One of the party's leaders who does not want his name mentioned said PDP is not a family business adding that the former governor cannot run the party as his own

The Peoples Democratic Party in Kogi state is said to have fallen into crisis following an alleged move by a former governor, Ibrahim Idris, to install his sons and aide as the sole candidates to fly the flag of the party in 2019 general elections.

Vanguard reports that some respected stakeholders of the PDP in the state have described Alhaji Idris’ moves as a wicked plot to run the party down.

Legit.ng gathered that one of the party leaders who does not want his name mentioned said, “We are all aware of Idris’ underground moves, but I can assure you it won’t stand. PDP is not a family business as such he cannot run the party as his own.

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“We will block any attempts to make the party a one-man business in Kogi State. If it succeeds, we will all move to another party where they consider us useful.”

“However, our reporter was informed that Alhaji Idris has sworn that he would withdraw all financial supports from the party if he does not have his way, and that is, seeing his candidates bear the party flags in the respective positions.

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An aggrieved party source said: “Can you imagine that, Mohammed Audu who is coming into the party with a lot of baggage, that guy is not worth anything in Igalaland again. His father even kept him abay when he was alive.”

“Mohammed has so many cases against him. Is that the kind of character the PDP should be romancing? I thought the leadership of the party have learnt their lessons from the last defeat and would need a breathe of fresh air to propel the fortunes of the party.”

Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the former governor of Kogi state, Ibrahim Idris, accused Governor Yahaya Bello of failing the people of his state.

Idris lamented that the people of Kogi state live in abject poverty and accused the administration of Yahaya Bello of ignoring the plight of the people.

Idris, who served from 2008 to 2011, made the statement while fielding questions from newsmen during an award ceremony organised by the forum of past assembly members in the state.

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Source: Legit.ng

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