Protesters led by Dr Halimat Alfa, have insisted that all aspirants of the Peoples Democratic Party must be given equal opportunity to be voted for, either through delegates’ election or direct primaries.
He said the party’s plot to offer automatic tickets to the lawmakers was uncovered last week when an aspirant for the House of Representatives visited the Abuja home of one of the party’s leaders, where he met a serving PDP senator.
According to Alfa, the senator was said to have told the aspirant that tickets for all the National Assembly positions had already been allocated to serving members of the Senate and House of Representatives.
He said, “As if that was not enough, Senator Dino Melaye met with all the members of the seven local governments in Kogi West on Friday and boasted that the issue of the senatorial ticket had been settled by the highest organs of the party.”
The protesters sang different songs to register their anger at the automatic tickets offered to lawmakers, including Senator Dino Melaye who recently defected from the APC.
They have declared that this action would be a clear violation of the Electoral Act, the PDP constitution and the party’s guidelines.
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