Conflicts in PDP as Gov’s Directive on Nomination Forms Sparks Discontent

By Paulinus Nta, A’Ibom

The recent release of guidelines by the Akwa Ibom Independent Electoral Commission (AKISIEC) for the upcoming local government elections has sparked significant unrest within the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Akwa Ibom State.

The tension follows a directive from the state Governor, Pastor Umo Eno, stipulating that nomination forms for councillorship positions should be reserved exclusively for aspirants endorsed by him.

This development has led to widespread dissatisfaction among chapter and ward chairmen across the state.

They argue that this selective approval process undermines democratic principles and deprives them of the traditional consultation benefits and gifts from aspirants.

One ward chairman from Uyo Federal Constituency, who requested anonymity, described the situation as undemocratic.

He criticised the state government’s tendency to value political parties only during election periods, stating that restricting form sales to selected aspirants robs them of their seasonal benefits.

Although some acknowledge that this move could prevent unhealthy political rivalry and discord, they lament that the directive effectively removes one of their few sources of income.

Additionally, they argue that the governor’s action lacks democratic integrity, potentially fostering resentment within the party.

A ward chairman from Eket Local Government expressed similar concerns, predicting that the governor’s directive would incite more crises rather than promote political harmony.

He criticised the practice, stating, “It is not in line with democratic principles for the governor to grant certain party members the authority to appoint councillorship aspirants.

“This usurps the roles and functions of the party’s executive officers. As it stands, there’s no need for an election because the governor has already chosen those he wants to work with. This situation is already causing problems in the villages,” he said.

About Funmilayo Ojo

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