The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) delegates in Akwa Ibom state have condemned the planned relocation of the party’s gubernatorial primaries to Army Barracks, Ibagwa, in the Abak council area of the state, rather than the usual Uyo Township Stadium venue.
TheNGblog checks reveal that the plot is advanced, and the plotters are using the lack of adequate security as an excuse for moving the exercise to the military base, which is more than 30 kilometres from the state capital.
Speaking to journalists in Uyo after a crucial meeting at Unique Gardens, Ewet Housing Estate on Monday, Mr John Etefit, one of the statutory delegates, said the state government’s desire to impose their anointed aspirant on the party has resulted in plans to stampede the party into holding primaries at Ibagwa barracks.
“After fruitless efforts to get most of us to support Pastor Umo Eno’s aspiration hit a brick wall, subtle and open threats were used, which we resisted, and now the idea of taking the primaries to the barracks has been born,” he said.
“We were told by core supporters of the government’s preferred aspirant that their final joker is the barracks, where only their supporters will be allowed access and others supporting other aspirants will be turned back, and if they insist on getting in, soldiers will be directed to unleash mayhem on them,” he continued.