Obaze not qualified to contest PDP primary – Ubah
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship aspirant in Anambra State, Dr. Ifeanyi Ubah, has said that the party’s candidate for the November 18 gubernatorial poll, Mr. Oseloka Obaze was not qualified to contest in the first place.
Ubah, who is challenging the outcome of the August 28 primary, alleged that Obaze joined the PDP only four months to the election and did not obtain a waiver in accordance to the party’s constitution.
Speaking at a press conference in Abuja, yesterday, Ubah noted that the PDP constitution stipulates a mandatory period of at least two years for a new member to contest elective position in the party.
His words: “Former Governor Peter Obi in conjunction with Governor Nyesom Wike, imposed an unpopular candidate on the delegates. Sadly, an election which was supposed to provide a level playing field for all seven aspirants cleared for the race turned to a dance of shame.”
Ubah, whose appeal was rejected by the PDP Appeal Panel, which subsequently upheld Obaze’s election last Friday, said he would approach the court of law for justice having exhausted the party’s internal conflict resolution mechanism.
“It is worthy to note that, being a loyal party member, I have adhered to and allowed the internal resolution mechanism of the party do its duty before coming out to air my grievances as I have not made any press statement prior to the robbery and injustice served to me and other aspirants by the National Working Committee and the PDP Anambra Governorship Primary Election Appeal Panel.
“It has become important for me to voice my discontent at the whole process as the National Working Committee led by Senator Ahmed Makarfi, against their good conscience decided to also overrule the report and recommendations of the Appeal Panel and uphold the so-called primary election,” he said.
According to him, the primary that produced Obaze as PDP candidate was not in compliance with the party’s Electoral College, and has as well, “jettisoned the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999, the Electoral Act 2010, the Constitution of the PDP 2012 and the PDP Electoral Guidelines as amended.
“It is a total illegality, nullity, sham and an insult to the sensibilities of every faithful PDP member nationwide, right-thinking Anambrarians and by extension, Nigerian. In the quest for justice, I submit myself to fight this illegality and injustice for my sake as well as that of anyone who aspires to contest under the party’s platform and I hope that justice will prevail in the end,” he said.