Saturday, 5 November 2016

Presidency, INEC ‘behind’ Ondo PDP crisis – Balarabe Musa

The former governor of the old Kaduna State, Alhaji Balarabe Musa, yesterday accused the Presidency and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of being behind the controversy trailing the Peoples
Democratic Party (PDP) governorship primary election in Ondo State.

The accusation came as the new panel constituted to hear all appeals emanating from the state’s chapter of the PDP yesterday adjourned definite hearing till Monday, after identifying all the processes filed by the parties.

But speaking to journalists in Kaduna yesterday, Musa alleged that the duo were responsible for the controversial emergence of Jimoh Ibrahim as the candidate of the faction of the party in the forthcoming governorship election.

He queried INEC’s sincerity in upholding a Federal High Court judgement that brought in Jimoh Ibrahim when he did not participate in the primary election as the party’s governorship flag bearer.
Musa, who is also the National Chairman of the Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP), maintained that the disqualification of Mr. Eyitayo Jegede, whom INEC had upheld as the governorship candidate of the PDP, was designed by both the commission and Presidency to weaken the opposition party ahead of the governorship election.

He also opined that the decision by INEC to drop Jegede’s name was an orchestrated plot designed by the Presidency to set Ondo State and the South-West zone on the path of anarchy.

He called on President Muhammadu Buhari to show statesmanship by us ing the instrumentality of his office as the Commander-In-Chief of the nation to resolve the Ondo PDP crisis before it gets out of hand.

The former Kaduna State governor also commended the Senate for refusing to assent to President Buhari’s 30 billion dollars loan request.

According to him, the Buhari-led administration needs to tell Nigerians the specific infrastructural projects in exact locations across the country that it intends to fund with such a huge loan.

While describing the external borrowing plan by the Federal Government as ill-timed and unnecessary, Musa challenged the Presidency to explain to Nigerians how much has been recovered from corrupt public officers and what it has done with such money.

In the same vein, it was gathered the Justice Ibrahim Salauwa-led three-member panel took over from Justice Jummai Sankey’s panel which disqualified themselves over bribery allegations.

Other members of the panel set up by the President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa are Justices Ignatius Igwe Aguba and George Mbaba.

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