Why Taraba PDP held primaries in Abuja – TMG
by The Nation
The Taraba Mandate Group (TMG) Wednesday explained why the Peoples Democratic Party in Taraba State held it primary election at the party’s headquarters, Wadata Plaza, Abuja.
The group rejected the sack of Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku by the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal on the ground that his party the PDP did not conduct a valid primary to produce him as candidate.
The tribunal headed by Justice Musa Danladi Abubakar had ruled that the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Aisha Alhassan be sworn as governor.
The tribunal faulted the shift of the primary to Abuja.
But the Taraba Mandate Group said the shift of primary to Abuja was lawful and ought not to be a reasonable ground under the law to dismiss Ishaku from office.
Members of the Mandate group include: Damina Dauda, Esther Nadama Bitrus, Barr. Mohammed Akilu, Tersoo Philip and Yusuf Adamu Gassol.
The group said the primary was held in Abuja because of the tension that was in the state.
It said: “Sensing danger, the PDP headquarters agreed that the best thing to do was to wade into the matter. Their solution was that neither of the controversial lists of delegates would be used. Rather, the statutory delegates lists made of party officials and elected officials of state would be used.
“Abuja too would be the venue as Jalingo was already tensed up. Other states like Adamawa were also asked to conduct their primaries in Abuja. It was strictly a party affair as even the court ruled.
Eventually, the statutory delegates arrived Abuja and the primaries held at the Wadata Plaza-headquarters of the PDP under the watchful supervision of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and party officials.
“How the APC got an official of INEC to testify in court that primaries did not hold is not hard to fathom: INEC is romancing the party in power.”