Forget automatic ticket - PDP aspirants in Kogi tells Melaye, other decampees from APC

Forget automatic ticket - PDP aspirants in Kogi tells Melaye, other decampees from APC

- Aspirants on the platform of the PDP in Kogi state are insisting that there should be no automatic tickets for defectors including Dino Melaye

- The aspirants protested at the national headquarters of the PDP and called free, fair and transparent primaries

- They promised to work for the party only if it jettisoned automatic tickets for the defectors

There is trouble for Senator Dino Melaye and other defectors from the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kogi state as aspirants on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have rejected automatic tickets for them ahead of 2019.

The Punch reports that the aspirants kicked against the plan to give automatic tickets to serving members of the two chambers of the National Assembly.

The report said the aspirants protested at the national headquarters of the party in Abuja on Monday, September 3, demanded a level-playing field for all aspirants as they called for free, fair and transparent primaries across the states of the country.

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The report said the protesters sang different songs to register their anger.

They said offering automatic tickets to the lawmakers, including Senator Dino Melaye, would be a clear violation of the electoral act, the PDP constitution and the party’s guidelines.

Halimat Alfa, who spoke on behalf of the protesters, demanded for equal opportunity for all the aspirants.

“As if that was not enough, Senator Dino Melaye met with all the members of the seven local governments in Kogi West and boasted that the issue of the senatorial ticket had been settled by the highest organs of the party.

“Melaye also told them that the PDP’s senatorial ticket for Kogi West had already been given to him even as someone who recently defected to the PDP. This is in total disregard for the interests, eligibility and qualification of other aspirants,” he said.

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Alfa reminded Prince Uche Secondus, the national chairman of the PDP, of his repeated pledge to do stop impunity and imposition of candidates for elections.

“We, the aspirants for legislative seats in the National Assembly on the platform of the PDP, shall collectively and wholeheartedly work for the interest of the party and any candidate duly nominated through a transparent primary,” he said. earlier reported that former Kano state governor and PDP presidential aspirant, Malam Ibrahim Shekarau, expressed confidence that the huge number of presidential aspirants vying for the party's ticket in the 2019 presidential election would not lead to the party’s implosion.

Shekarau, a former minister of education, stated this in a statement after a condolence visit to the governor of Bayelsa state, Seriake Dickson, on the demise of his mother, at his Toru-Orua country home in Sagbama local government area of the state.

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