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PDP threatens chairmanship aspirants, says anyone who bribes delegates will be disqualified



Ahead its December 9 elective convention, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has warned members vying for the chairmanship position of the party not to try to induce delegates to the convention in any form.

The party vowed that it was going to disqualify any aspirant who induces delegates in any form in order to get their votes from contesting the chairmanship position of the party.

However, the party failed to give details of how it was going to ensure aspirants and delegates are monitored in order to forestall possibility of inducement.

The party stated this on Tuesday when seven aspirants signed peace accord at its national secretariat in Abuja.
The seven aspirants are Prince Uche Secondus, Chief Gbenga Daniel, Rashidi Ladoja, Professor Tunde Adeniran, Professor Taoheed Adedoja, Dr. Raymond Dokpesi and Mr. Jimi Agbaje.

Meanwhile, one of the aspirants, Chief Olabode George, was not at the event but was learnt to have sought and got the permission of the national leadership of the party to sign the document on Thursday.

All the aspirants promised to give their support to any of them that at the end emerges as the PDP national chairman.

“We will support whoever emerges amongst us as the National Chairman of our great party as long as the process is transparent, free and fair in accordance with the provisions of the constitution of the party and guidelines of the elective national convention.

“No aspirant shall leave the party or encourage his or her supporters, promoters etc to do so, as a result of the outcome of the national chairmanship election at the elective national convention.

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“Any breach of the 2015 zero expenditure policy of the party, which prohibits the use of monetary inducement including lodging of delegates and providing money for votes, shall not be tolerated in the 2017 national elective convention and shall be grounds for disqualification on or before the 9th of December, 2017;

“Any aspirant/sponsor/supporter/financier, proven to have done anything contrary to the agreements reached herein and in circumstances that suggest the knowledge of the undersigned persons shall be disqualified from contesting the national chairmanship election.

“Solemnly abide by and uphold the tenets of this national chairmanship election according to which we hereby voluntarily subscribe,” the accord read in part.


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