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Mass defection looms in Bayelsa PDP over NASS primaries

Mass defection looms in Bayelsa PDP over NASS primaries

- Aggrieved Bayelsa PDP members accuse the party’s leadership of imposing candidates in primaries after assuring members of a level playing field

- Udengs Eradiri, a party member, says all the principles of a free, fair, and credible election were not adhered to during the NASS primaries

- Oshiomhole goes tough over APC primaries in states

A mass defection is reportedly brewing in the Bayelsa state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over the outcome of the National Assembly primaries in the state.

The Sun reports that aggrieved members across the three senatorial districts and five federal constituencies have accused the party’s leadership of imposing candidates on the state chapter after assuring party members of a level playing field.

One of the party members, Udengs Eradiri, said he and many other party members across the 105 wards in the state could leave PDP in droves in the coming days following the outcome of the primaries

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“The undemocratic process of the primary election started with the election of ad-hoc delegates which was done without the knowledge of aspirants,” Eradiri said.

During the National Assembly primary election I saw the height of an undemocratic process. 12 wards of my federal constituency were excluded.

“There was violence, delegates were molested and I was shot at. Above all the principles of a free, fair, and credible process was not adhere to.

“It was not as if I did not expect it, I just believe that a party that came out of the 2015 election wounded as a result of lack of internal democracy and imposition of candidates, that leaders would have learnt some lessons.

“Having considered all the factors surrounding the current electoral process in PDP, I have come to the conclusion that the PDP is not where I would be able to express myself."

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In another report, the national chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, has declared that the party would enforce popular participation of its members in its primaries ahead of the general election.

The Nation reports that Oshiomhole declared that no amount of intimidation would make the leadership of the party to change its stand concerning the decision.

The report said he spoke with reporters after a prolonged meeting with governors and other leaders who were at the secretariat to complain about how the primaries were conducted in their states.

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