PDP in secret meeting, mulls rescheduling presidential primaries
NEWS DIGEST – Leaders of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) are currently holding a secret meeting ahead of the party’s presidential primaries for the 2023 election scheduled to take place today.
The meeting is said to be going on behind closed doors at Transcorp Hilton Abuja.
Sources who spoke to the News Digest disclosed that the emergency meeting of its national working committee officials was meant to discuss emerging issues of urgency, including possible postponement of its convention scheduled for Saturday May 28, 2022.
The News Digest reports that INEC in a statement on Friday said it was urged by an umbrella body of political parties to give additional time for primaries due to outstanding issues arising from the exercise nationwide. The decision shifted primaries’ deadline from June 3 to June 9.
This newspaper gathered that less than 48 hours before the date earlier fixed, the Senator Abdullahi Adamu-led National Working Committee (NWC) of the ruling All Progressives Congress was yet to constitute a convention planning committees nor organise screening for all the presidential aspirants who purchased and returned their expression of interest and nomination forms.
However, Transition Monitoring Group, TMG berated the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, for extending the deadline for the conduct of primary elections.
Chairman of the foremost election monitoring group, Comrade Auwal Musa Rafsanjani, in a statement on Friday, lamented the extension noting that the group received the news with great worries and concerns.
He said that at a time when Nigerians are beginning to have confidence in the electoral umpire some powerful forces are trying to undermine and pressurise it to doing their biddings.
Comrade Rafsanjani stated that: “A lot of political parties have made efforts in conducting their primaries and if the ruling party is still uncertain about the day to conduct its presidential primary elections that shouldn’t be the basis for the extension.”