Abaribe withdraws from Abia PDP guber race, hours to primaries
Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, who was the leader of the Senate Minority and a leading candidate for governorship of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Abia State, has formally withdrew from the Peoples Democratic Party governorship primaries, which are set to take place today (Wednesday).
In a press statement, Abaribe said that he would no longer be participating in the activity. When asked about the grounds for his decision, he blamed the use of a “imaginary delegates list and lack of transparency.”
In a same vein, Senator Nwaka, a strong governorship hopeful from Abia North and a former state chairman of the PDP, has stated that he will not take part in the primaries, which he refers to as a pantomime.
Nwaka has voiced his dissatisfaction with the fact that the three-man delegate congress, which he maintains was never held, was carried out without complying with due process and the laws that are currently in effect.
Senator Abaribe further said that the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) did not hold a three-man delegate election anywhere in the state, and he claimed that those individuals who wish to impose their candidate on the party fabricated the list that is currently being discussed.
In a statement that was forcefully worded and personally signed by the Senate Minority Leader, he stated that he would soon make public his next political action and that it will be made public very soon.
The full wording of the statement that was made accessible to the Vanguard in Umuahia is included below:
Notice of Withdrawal from the Abia People’s Democratic Party Gubernatorial Primaries
“The past few weeks have been excruciating for us as we have fought tooth and nail to steer our party, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), away from a course that would lead to its own destruction.
“The purpose was to provide an unrestricted democratic environment and a level playing field for all candidates contending for all elective seats in the state, so that they may all participate equally in the primary elections. ”
“That was not the case, and of course what we are watching is a chaotic process that is being pushed by a court injunction that was obtained through corrupt means.”
“To make matters worse, the use of only an imaginary 3-man Adhoc delegates to the exclusion of the party’s statutory delegates in the primary elections to elect our candidates even when INEC, the nation’s electoral umpire, has unequivocally stated that no congress held in Abia State for that purpose has without a doubt put the party and her candidates in a quagmire. This situation has no doubt put the party and her candidates in a precarious position.
“The implication for our party is serious, and as a result, it has placed all primary exercises that are currently underway on unstable ground.”
“I am recognised for never wavering in my defence of my principles, which are that all people have the right to participate in a democratic process that is free and fair. Because of this, my campaign embarked on a democratic tour that brought us to every nook and cranny of our lovely state. We visited all of the local governments, and we could see the excitement on the faces of our people, who are eager for a transition to a more progressive administration with a face that is more human.
“We committed human and material resources, preaching the “Rise Up Abia” message for the total emancipation of our state from the drudgery of imposition and godfatherism, which has seen the state at the lowest wrung of infrastructural, human, and material development index among the states of the federation. “Rise Up Abia” is an acronym that stands for “Rise Up Abia.”
“Our people were, and indeed still are, energised by the prospect of a fresh start that will be made possible by a government that is elected by the people.
“There was no doubt that Abians are tired of being the butt of jokes and ridicule from their peers, particularly those from the contiguous states that were hitherto far behind Abia State in the development index in the time past. It was no secret that Abians are tired of being the butt of jokes and ridicule from their peers.
“When we launched the ad, our goal was to shift the focus away from that storyline.
“Unfortunately, the ugly circumstances that were triggered by a voracious drive to retain the corrupt governance status quo of imposition and godfatherism have aborted this goal in PDP,” the author writes. “[T]his quest in PDP has been aborted.
As a consequence of this, Senator Enyinnaya Harcourt Abaribe will not be participating in this farce.
“I am therefore withdrawing from the exercise, which means that I will not be participating in the PDP governorship primary election that takes place in Abia State on Wednesday, May 25th, 2022. Participating in the election would have amounted to endorsement of an illegality that is already being challenged in the courts. “I am therefore withdrawing from the exercise, which means that I will not be participating in the PDP governorship primary election that takes place in Abia State on Wednesday, May 25th, 20
“Therefore, I beseech all of our people, our teeming supporters, and Ndigbo to keep the faith, maintain composure, and wait for the next course of action, which will be revealed very soon.
“What is essential is that the struggle to free Abia State would undoubtedly take on a new dimension,” the author writes. It is at this point in time.
“I want to express my gratitude to you for supporting me and this campaign in every way. We will prevail if we work together.
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