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'THE PRIMARY ELECTION THAT WOULD NOT BE:
For 23 months, I have prepared for today; a
day that has finally come. Yet it comes as a
disappointment. Despite my observations and complaints about the hijack of the State
Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party by
an ethnic non- governmental organisation,
propagating the agenda of a person who
masqueraded an orchestrated plan to be
Governor under building support and
fighting for Mr. President; conscious or
unconscious subjugation of the PDP to
personal interest; oppressive administration
of the Party; the flaunted partisanship of
State Party Officers in favour of an aspirant;
refusal to register new party members; and
unconstitutional composition of Ward, Local
Government and State Executives of the
Party, I have continued to believe that justice would be done within the PDP.
At each turn, those charged with
responsibilities for remedying the situation
just refuse to take action. Even the national
leadership is yet to release and act on the
report of a National Integration Committee
(South-South), which was set up to address
numerous complaints by aggrieved
Against this background, the Wards
Congresses were scheduled. I protested and
requested the National Chairman and
Secretary to postpone the Congresses in
Rivers State pending the outcome of the
report of the National Integration Committee.
That request was not honoured and the
Congresses were purported to have been
held. Thereafter, 15 other aspirants and I
called for their cancellation. In response, the
National leadership of our Party reconvened
the National Integration Committee (South-
South), which took more evidence from the
aggrieved parties. Their report, submitted tothe National Working committee, has since
remained unattended to.
Despite interventions for PDP founding
fathers and mothers and elder of Rivers
State, our great Party has refused to address the complaints. Yet we are expected to participate in the Governorship Primary
Given the choice of participating in the
Primary Election and losing the right to
complain about the process on the one hand;and abstaining and holding the moral high ground against injustice and oppression on the other hand, some of my colleagues and I have chosen to stay away from the Primary election.
The whole exercise is a sham with a determined outcome. I would not lend
credence to an illegality.
"We are hard pressed on every side, yet not
crushed;We are perplexed, but not in
despair;persecuted, but not forsaken;struck
down, but not destroyed …"'
Hon. Nimi Walson-Jack
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