Kogi: PDP Weighs Options To Oust APC
National leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, were last night locked in a meeting with some of the party’s governors in Abuja, weighing options to disqualify the All Progressives Congress, APC, from the December 5, supplementary elections in Kogi State.
Two options were being weighed at press time to push forward what some party leaders said were the advantages open to the party by the death in the process of election of Prince Abubakar Audu, the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC.
Irrespective of the decisions in Abuja, the party’s standard bearer in the election, Governor Idris Wada went to court seeking to be declared winner of the election as the candidate with the highest number of votes alive.The meeting was being hosted by Governor Segun Mimiko of Ondo State in the Ondo State Governor’s Lodge in Abuja.
Meanwhile, officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, waited to no avail till the close of work, yesterday, for the APC to submit the name of a replacement for the late Audu.
The APC, which was in the lead until the death of Audu, was itself increasingly being saturated with the politics of a replacement for Audu. A meeting of the National Working Committee, NWC, called to deliberate on choosing the process of replacing Audu failed to hold. National chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun blamed the failure on the burial ceremonies of Mama H.I.D. Awolowo that took place in Ikenne, Ogun State. He promised the meeting would hold today.
Besides the PDP, other political parties were also taking positions against INEC’s decision to allow the APC field a replacement for the late Audu. Among the parties that took position against the APC, yesterday, were the Progressive Peoples Alliance, PPA and the Democratic Peoples Congress, DPC.
Among those present at the PDP meeting last night were the National Chairman of the party, Prince Uche Secondus, who chaired the meeting; some members of the NWC, members of the Board of Trustees, BoT and some governors. The meeting which took place under the aegis of the National Caucus, according to a source in the meeting, was pondering options to remove the APC from the fray on the basis of the death of its candidate.
One option, it was learnt, was for the party to go to court to remove the APC from the contest on the claim that it no longer had a valid ticket of a governorship candidate and a deputy governorship candidate in the supplementary election.
Another option also being weighed was to press INEC to declare the PDP’s standard bearer, Governor Idris Wada as winner of the election. The basis of that submission, it was learnt, would include the fact that Wada as the second highest scorer should be declared the winner on the basis of being the only one with a valid ticket after the completion of the election.
Sources disclosed that court papers including the originating summons have been prepared with the legal officers of the party waiting for the go-ahead from the National Caucus.
That meeting was still on-going at press time, and the party is expected to unfold its resolution today.
The party was also, last night, deliberating on what sources disclosed as the “increasing reign of impunity in the country,” with the case of Kogi State as an example.
Party leaders. it was learnt, were vexed by what they described as the suppression of the will of the people of Kogi through the instrumentality of security forces.