Wonders, indeed, shall never cease. While Nigerians are
being made to believe that the Peoples Democratic Party allows a level playing
ground for all political aspirants within its fold, perhaps a little is known
by the public that what is actually going on in the party is a glaring case of
sheer imposition of candidates at virtually all levels of political contest
which is apparently driven and sustained by a seemingly unprecedented increase
in the rate of bribery and corruption.
This is at the moment the terrible fate
playing itself out in no other place than Niger state.
Findings indicate that certain individuals close to the
Niger State government plan to influence the ruling of an Abuja Federal High
Court in a suit challenging the result of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)
governorship primary in the state.
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A source claimed that the government officials plan to
approach the presiding judge, Justice Ahmed Mohammed, with an offer of as much
as N200 million not to remove the governor's preferred candidate for
governorship in the state.
The source however added that "the judge is known to
have an incorruptible pedigree and integrity which cannot be compromised."
The judge had on Monday summoned the PDP to appear to show
cause why it should not be restrained from submitting the name of Alhaji Umar
Nasko as governorship candidate for Niger State.
A PDP governorship aspirant Engr Mu'azu Hanafi Sarkin Sudan
had through his counsel Chukwuma Ekomaru (SAN) challenged the 908 votes which
were cast for Nasko at the primary of the party which took place on December 8.
Those joined in the suit are the PDP National Chairman Ahmadu Adamu Mu'azu,
National Secretary Prof Wole Oladipo and the Independant National Electoral
The governor's lawyers led by Ayodeji Ayodele, a senior
advocate of Nigeria, are calling for witnesses to be presented in court.
But be that as it may, it is now imperative for all parties
in the PDP gubernatorial contest to eschew acts capable undermining our
democracy as well as our judicial system. Hence the PDP is hereby called upon
to stop strangulating our hard earned democracy and democratization process.
Please allow the will of the people to prevail!
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