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State of origin can disqualify a PDP candidate but a corruption trial cannot

PDP national Caretaker chairman, Ahmed Makarfi


State of origin can disqualify a PDP candidate but a corruption trial cannot

There are several things that could lead to the disqualification of a candidate for the PDP chairmanship – the most popular reason is hailing from the wrong geographical region. Right now, the favored region for the chairmanship is the South, while the party’s presidential ticket has been zoned to the North.

However, according to the Chairman, of the party’s Caretaker Committee, one thing which cannot disqualify a candidate for party positions is a corruption case pending in court.

“Except you are convicted by a court of law, nothing can stop you from contesting, even the general election, let alone party issue. So, we shouldn’t play into the hands of those we want to unseat,” Makarfi said in Kaduna when he played host over the weekend to one of the party’s chairmanship aspirants and former governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel.

Makarfi said that playing “the disqualification game based on pending EFCC cases will be playing into the hands of the government in such a way that every one of us can be charged to court so that PDP will have no candidate.”

On the disqualification of some candidates by a section of the PDP Board of Trustees, BoT, in the South-West: Recently some members of the BOT decided on their own to prune down the number of aspirants from the South West. One of those they disqualified was Gbenga Daniel. Makarfi dissociated the party exco from that decisio.

He said: “The decision of the party is to be heard from the National Caretaker Committee and we didn’t say so and I can affirm that nobody was delegated to say so.

“Let me remind you that at the caucus meeting we had on Wednesday in Abuja, the BoT chairman categorically scolded those that did that and said they acted without directive and the action was ultra vires as far as the BoT was concerned.”

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