Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Nigeria: Election Petition - No Plan to Drop Yar'Adua, Says PDP -

Chuks OkochaAbuja

As the assorted military units within the opinion Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) go on to plot their schemes for the chairmanship position, the political political political political political political political political party have doused guesses that it is planning to drop President Umaru Genus Genus Musa Yar'Adua arsenic its campaigner should the court invalidate his election.

The party said yesterday inch Capital Of Federal Republic Of Federal Republic Of Nigeria that Yar'Adua would stay its presidential campaigner if the Presidential Election Petitions Court cancelled his election arsenic President and ordered a fresh poll.

Former caput of state and All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) presidential campaigner in the April 21 poll, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) and his Action United States Congress (AC) opposite number and former frailty president, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, are at present ambitious Yar'Adua's election at the tribunal.

A newspaper had alleged in a study at the weekend that former president, Head Olusegun Obasanjo, was rooting for a alteration of President Yar'Adua as PDP's campaigner should the presidential election court invalidate his election.

Another study had also indicated that the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Alhaji Babagana Kingibe, was heating up to run in topographic point of Yar'Adua in lawsuit the election court nothingnesses Yar'Adua's election.

But the PDP National Secretary, Head Claude Bernard Ezeh, denied the program in a statement made available to THISDAY in Abuja.

Ezeh also said innuendoes that there were scruples between the President of PDP's Board of Trustees (BOT), Obasanjo, and President Yar'Adua, whom he described as the PDP Leader, were not true.

On the allegation that former president Obasanjo was planning to guarantee that Yar'Adua was schemed out as the presidential campaigner of PDP should his election be nullified, the National Secretary said: "As per calculating for the nullification of the presidential election and searching for a fresh candidate, it is unfortunate that such as innuendo is being made in Nigeria of today where all custody are on deck to see that the bench is not only independent, but seen to be so."

The statement continued: "We believe in the regulation of law as the ground tackle point of the PDP-led authorities of Alhaji Umaru Musa Yar'Adua and nil can make us believe otherwise."

The PDP National Secretary also said that there was no crisis in the party as a consequence of the indefinite delay of the Congresses and national convention of the party.

He said the determination to do so was taken at the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party, while taking the Christian and Moslem vacations into consideration.

Ezeh described innuendoes that the delay was causing ripplings in the party as designed to do confusion and disaffection, stating that, "the truth of the substance is that the PDP House is in order."

The party had recently postponed indefinitely its national convention slated for January 5, 2008 saying, the necrotizing enterocolitis of the party would ran into in Capital Of Nigeria on January 31 to make up one's mind on a new date.

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The elucidation by Eze came as indicants emerged last nighttime that the assorted military units rooting to highjack the party's national chairmanship have got got intensified their moves.

THISDAY had reported that former military president, General Ibrahim Babangida, and Obasanjo were plotting their schemes to guarantee that their allies presume the political political party chairmanship anytime the convention is held.

Babangida is said to have thrown his weight behind former Senate president, Head Anyim Pius Anyim, after efforts to rough the contiguous past times Senate president, Senator Cognizance Nnamani, failed while Obasanjo is said to be championship the former governor of Ebonyi State, Dr. Surface-To-Air Missile Egwu, for the plum tree job.

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