Emmanuel Adeyemi, Lokoja
In the face of disqualification of some National Assembly aspirants of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), last Thursday, in Kogi State, by the screening committee of the party , an aspirant, Yusuf Adejoh, has urged the party to thread softly so as not to kill the party in the state.
The aspirant, a retired deputy Commissioner of Police, who is seeking to represent the people of Ankpa, Omala, Olamaboro Federal Constituency in the National Assembly, said it would be suicidal for the party, which is just emerging from internal crisis, to disqualify some aspirants because it wanted to impose the current National Assembly members on the people.
The PDP screening committee had reportedly disqualified 13 National Assembly aspirants over allegations of non-payment of taxes, party check-off dues and anti-party activities, among others.
PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, swiftly reacted to the disqualification saga and reiterated that the party would not chase anybody away due to impunity and impositions.
He said the party had inaugurated an appeal committee where those disqualified could go and re-present their cases and also he expressed hope that nobody would be unduly disqualified as all aspirants would be given a level-playing ground.
However, Adejo still cautioned the party not to subtly throw any one away as the rumour of imposition of candidates, especially the current members of National Assembly members from the state, thickens.
Adejo, while fielding questions from newsmen, at the weekend, said if elected, his representation would be a model that would offer service to the people and the envy of all.
Mr. Adejoh stated that he would contribute to making laws that would make life more meaningful for his constituents, saying his people had long suffered neglect and that his aspiration was as a result of a clarion call to help lift the well-being of his people through quality representation.
He lamented the present representation the district has witnessed over the years, describing it as falling below the minimum standard, while assuring that if elected, it would not be business unusual.
He said having made positive impacts on the lives of the people of his district over the years, serving in the National Assembly would offer him the opportunity to do more for the people.
He described the PDP as a party that has just come out of a challenge, saying only a credible, free and fair primary would help the PDP gain its rightful place in the state again.
He warned against impunity and imposition of candidates, saying such tendencies acted negatively on the party in the past and should not be allowed again.
Adejoh assured that if elected he would make the issues of women and youths a priority. He also promised to make laws that would improve education, healthcare delivery and other things that would make life meaningful for the people.