National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party has been cautioned against cancellation of the recently conducted ward congress election of the party in Kogi state, saying that the action may affect the party at the polls.
The former chairman of Okene local government, Yahaya Karaku disclosed this in Lokoja while addressing party members on the botched protest march to the Wadata Plaza, Abuja over plans to cancel the congress.
He said the protest became necessary in order not to lose the state to the opposition party as cancellation of the congress might jeopardize the chances of the party in winning the forth coming November governorship election.
The former council boss said members of the group under the aegis of “Wada PDP Solidarity Group” were on their way to Abuja to protest the purported cancellation of the ward congress by the NWC when the state governor, Capt. Idris Wada stopped them.
He stressed that the ward congress was the most peaceful congress ever conducted in the state. “The officials from the party headquarters in Abuja and North Central who came to oversee the congress are credible people. There was no rancour in the 21 local governments during the election.
“However, while waiting for the state congress to be conducted, those who believe that their power lies in Abuja worked for its cancellation”, he said.
The former council chairman noted that the dissidents within the party were irked by the decision of the people to support Governor Idris Wada as party stakeholders, including women leaders, youths and statutory delegates had already endorsed him as the party’s standard bearer in the November 21governorship election.
“We want the national headquarters to sympathize with us because the only hope is Wada and we don’t want to lose the state to the opposition in the next election.
“We are appealing to the NWC to allow the people choose the person they want as all the senatorial districts have endorsed him”, he said.
In his remarks, Wada said he had to ask them to come back because the issue was already receiving attention of the NWC, adding that when he heard of the cancellation, he went to Abuja.
Wada said he was asked to state his own side of the story and after his explanation, an appeal committee was sent to the state on fact finding mission but they did not encounter any petition against the congress.
The governor explained that the NWC acknowledged receipt of his submission and said that a meeting would be held to discuss the issue.
“They said that we will soon hear from them and this is the reason I ask you to come back because I believe the truth will always prevail”, he said.


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