Delegates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Adamawa state have accused the member representing Numan at the state House of Assembly, Hon. Pwamwakeino Makondo of plotting to manipulate the forth coming primary elections of the party.
The delegates alleged that the lawmaker who is seeking reelection has threatened to replace them if they do not play by his rules. They said the lawmaker told them that governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri has ordered that all delegates should vote for incumbent members at the primaries.
A Numan local government delegate who doesn’t want his identity known for fear of being victimized alleged that they were summoned and informed that Governor Fintiri has given an order for delegates to vote for Pwamwakeino Makondo and all members seeking re-election under PDP.
He said the information was passed in a threatening voice noting that anyone who fails to vote for Makondo will face the consequences of either being replaced or denied some privileges.
While expressing his worry, the delegate stressed that such a move which he described as imposition may cause the PDP the state assembly seat.
He, however, noted that he is sure, Governor Fintiri whom he described as a true democrat will not indulge in such an undemocratic practice.
It will be recalled that Barrister Tahir Shehu, Adamawa State PDP Chairman during a recent stakeholder meeting at the banquet hall, Government House, Yola debunk claims by some aspirants that Governor Fintiri has ordered that some of them should step down.
“Let me be categorically clear that we are aware of some aspirants who are going round intimidating others that they are the chosen candidates of His Excellency, Governor Fintiri. Hear this from me, that the governor has no anointed candidate, and at the party level, we are not aware. He has repeatedly told us that he has no anointed candidate.
Tahir Shehu reaffirmed the party’s commitment to conducting a free and fair primary that will bring the best electable candidates that will fly the PDP tickets.
He said anyone seeking reelection should go and face the delegates instead of using the governor’s name as a political gimmick.