A fresh crisis is reportedly rocking the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kogi State as the Kogi West Elders Forum (KWEF) of the party accuses the National Assembly Screening/Appeal Committees) of bribery.
In a statement made available to newsmen in Lokoja, Kogi State on Monday, the leader of the forum, Hon. Shaibu Momoh said the committee, which is in charge of screening Senatorial and House of Representatives’ aspirants for the 2019 election had been bribed with N50 million to compromise their reports to favour their preferred candidates.
Hon. Momoh further warned that if this was not nibbed in the bud, these individuals may destroy the party. The PDP Elders further cautioned against impunity and imposition of candidates as it will affect the party’s fortune in the 2019 general election.
The statement reads in part: “Our attention has been drawn to a plot by members of the PDP Screening Committee for Kogi East senatorial primary election to sabotage the goodwill the party enjoy due to their inordinate ambition.
“While we expected a free and fair screening process to allow all aspirants test their popularity during the election, we were shocked that the screening committee would disqualify notable aspirants like retired Air Marshall Alfa, Victor Adoji, Hajia Halima Alfa and others, just to pave way for a single aspirant.
“We wish to state that politics is local and those Abuja forces cannot thwart the goodwill PDP currently enjoys in Kogi East and the entire Kogi state. We strongly warn that there will be mass revolt against PDP in Kogi state should the Appeal Committee uphold the irresponsible verdict of the screening committee.
We wish to call on all lovers of PDP and Igala sons and daughters to call the Appeal Committee Chairman, Barr Mike Ezugwu and the Secretary, Joseph Godwin Oche to order before it becomes too late. May we remind all that we are in a very challenging period in Kogi state and it will be suicidal should our party leaders sabotage the efforts we have put together to reposition Kogi state for greatness.”