By Boluwaji Obahopo
THE Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Kogi State has debunked media reports that the party is in crisis, saying the report of imposition of governorship, Senate and House of Representatives candidates by former Governor Idris Ibrahim are fake, baseless and misleading.
The party said its rising popularity has become a source of fear for the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, and mischief makers.
The PDP in a statement by his Director General, Research and Documentation, Dickson Achadu, in reaction to reports published in some newspapers, yesterday with the title: Crisis Rocks Kogi PDP Primaries over alleged imposition of candidates, said: “The state governorship primaries is due for next year, we wondered how some mischief makers would be crying foul over a process that has not began and has no date. Having repositioned the PDP to take over the state in 2019, it is now more concerned about the State and National Assembly election.
“While we acknowledged that former Governor Ibrahim Idris remains the leader of the party, the report of imposition by him of his son as the sole candidate for the governorship election is a mischief taken too far by those scared of the PDP.”
He continued: “We commend Ibrahim Idris whose efforts at rebranding the party has brought in former members like former Acting Governor, Clarence Olafemi, Chief John Odawun, Senator Nicholas Ugbane, and several others back to the party. The writers of the publication are people who are not in tune with the political timetable of Kogi State politics, we urged them to get themselves acquainted with information on when Kogi State Governorship election would hold. What is expected to hold in a few weeks time is State and National Assembly party primaries not governorship.”
The party said 18 aspirants of proven integrity and with the capacity to win the next governorship election have indicated interest to vie for for its governorship ticket at the primaries expected to hold between August and September, 2019, adding “the writers in an attempt to create disaffection for the party using blackmail, a plan their write up failed to achieve, stooped so low to have singled out a particular aspirant of the party all in an attempt to score cheap point.