Thursday, 4 December 2014

Gemade withdraws from Benue Senate race

By Ali Adoyi
@dailypostngr

The Former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Senator representing Benue North East, Senator Barnabas Gemade, on Thursday declared his withdrawal from the party’s Senatorial primary election

DAILY POST cannot authoritatively confirm if his withdrawal has anything to do with his intention to move to the other side of the political divide, the All Progressives Congress in the state.

In a letter dated December 2, 2014 entitled: “PDP primary elections for Senate 2015-withdrawal,” and addressed to the National Chairman of the party, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu, Gemade lamented the complete absence of transparency and level playing field in the handling of the primary by the party leadership.


He observed that activities of the party were now without any form of democratic action.

the Senator buttressed that as a founding member of the PDP and indeed the leader of the Conveners in Benue State, he was saddened by the development in the party, particularly the undemocratic regime in now patronizes.

Affirming further, he said, “in fact, no room for an honest and law abiding member of PDP to participate in the primary elections as anyone who is capable of manipulating the process, albeit illegally, is free to do so, and will be protected.”

The letter reads in part: “I am constrained to write you for the fourth time in two months on the subject matter of the happenings in the PDP in my state as they affect me and our teeming members who have toiled over the years to give victory to our party for four consecutive general elections.


“As a founding member of this party in 1998 and indeed the leader of the Conveners in Benue State, I am pained by these developments and I want to put on record my feelings even if there is no result arising from it.

“At least, the history of my service as convener, member national steering committee, member Executive Committee (NEC), member National Working Committee (NWC), member Board of Trustees (BOT), National Chairman and Chairman National Caucus should count.

“I have come to realise that things have got to a point where one cannot expect a level playing ground or even any democratic action in the affairs of the party.

“There is in fact no room for an honest and law abiding member of this party to have a fair chance in any contest in the forthcoming primary elections as anyone who is capable of manipulating the process, albeit illegally, is free to do so, and will be protected.”


‘’The party constitution and election guidelines for the 2014 primaries, he said, are being flouted with impunity without sanctions.

“My opponent in the primary elections was allowed to write out the entire list of delegates for the election in his house, including the delegates from my ward and local government area and has boasted on public media how he will use such list to disgrace a party elder.”

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