Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Mass defection awaits PDP as Ayade allegedly plans to return all CRHA members

| 03 October 2018 | Ukorebi Esien 

According to information reaching our newsroom, arrangement are on ground by many of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) aspirants to defect to another party with their supporters as recent revelations alleges that there is a secret plot by the digital governor of Cross River State, Sen. Prof. Ben Ayade to impose all the present members of the Cross River State 8th Assembly on the party as they prepare for the party's House of Assembly primary elections come Thursday,  4th October 2018.

According to the source, the porported planned imposition which will be hatched by the governor during the party's primary election for the State House of Assembly will see over 95% of the current members of the House returning to the 9th Assembly come 2019. These will include those who have spent over 8 years in the house and still wish to go back.

In a protest to this rumoured imposition, TDN learnt that the aspirants have also concluded arrangement to defect from the party should the governor effect his plot on Thursday.  

It is also speculated that the aspirants who have formed a strong bond amongst themselves have started holding talks with leaders of an opposition party in the state, with the aim of strengthening the party to cause a defeat to PDP in the forthcoming  gubernatorial election, while some of them may likely fly the party's flag in the forthcoming House of Assembly election in the state. 

It should be recalled all the aspirants who were screened and cleared to run the gubernatorial primary elections against the incumbent governor were disqualified over night to the election. 

Fillers has it that these House of Assembly aspirants might likely join forces with both the aggrieved National Assembly and gubernatorial aspirants who were denied tickets by the party to frustrate Ayade's gubernatorial bid.  

The source who passionately pleaded anonymity explained that, 'the level of impunity against and denigration of internal democracy in the PDP is absolutely condemnable. One would have naturally thought that, for a now opposition political party who was once a leading party at the centre and claiming to be forgiven by Nigerians, to proceed below expectation in the full glare of the polity as if all is well is to say the least disturbing. 

'If the hierarchy of the party aren't disposed to change for good, we are ready to change such a platform to a place anticipated to be better'. 

Ukorebi Esien blogs for TDN, where he tells the Nigerian story, one article at a time.