- A PDP presidential aspirant, Stanley Osifo, has asked the party to drop former VP Atiku Abubakar as its presidential candidate
- Osifo asked the opposition party to cancel its presidential primary and conduct a fresh one
- He explained that his major grievance is that he was not allowed to participate in the primaries for no reason after buying the forms
Stanley Osifo, a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) 2019 presidential aspirant, has issued a 48 hours ultimatum to the party to cancel its presidential primaries, calling for a new convention.
Osifo also threatened to go to court if the party refused to revert to the status quo and cancel the primaries that ushered in Atiku Abubakar as its flag bearer.
Addressing newsmen in Lagos, Osifo said that he deserved the same opportunity as other aspirants of the party, having obtained its nomination and intention forms for N10 million and N2 million respectively.
The aspirant, who hails from Edo, said his major grievance was that he was not allowed to undergo screening and participate in the primaries for no reason.
“I do not want my N12 million refunded. I bought the form to contest and must be given the opportunity to do so. The electoral act guarantees that we can still hold fresh primaries a week to the election.
“The party refused to screen me for the election after I obtained the forms but asked me to withdraw without any legal reason given and all my efforts in the past to rectify the issue have been ignored.
“I have sent several letters to the leadership before the primaries and after, but they were ignored. This was the same leadership that I consulted and was given the go-ahead to buy the forms,” he said.
He said he was treated unjustly, unfairly and degraded, while also demanding that the earlier convention be nullified as it was fraught with irregularities. He added that he will take further actions if the party does not respond.
“They did not even sit for appeal after the presidential primaries. This matter would have been concluded since if the party had responded to me. That primary should be declared null and void and hold again to accommodate me," he added.
Osifo reiterated that he was not a mole or being used by anyone but wanted to ensure that his rights as a Nigerian were guaranteed.
Recall that the PDP held its presidential primaries on October 6, at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium in Port Harcourt, Rivers, where 12 aspirants contested and Atiku emerged.
The aspirants were: Senate president, Bukola Saraki; former vice president, Atiku Abubakar; Sokoto state governor, Aminu Tambuwal; Gombe state governor, Ibrahim Dankwambo.
Former governors in the race were Sule Lamido, Ahmed Makarfi, Attahiru Bafarawa, Jonah Jang and Rabiu Kwankwaso.
Others were former Senate president, David Mark, former senator, Baba Datti Ahmed, and former minister of special duties and inter-governmental affairs, Tanimu Turaki.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that a political group under the auspices of Atiku/Obi Vanguard for Good Governance said it would deliver 12 million votes for the duo in the 2019 presidential polls.
The director general of the movement, Tunji Iyanda, gave the promise at an interactive session to formally unveil the group in Lagos and also to solicit the support for the candidates. He said they would mobilise the votes from across the country’s geo-political zones.
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