The People Democratic Party, PDP, in Lokoja Local Government Area of Kogi State is heading towards crisis following the endorsement of the incumbent House member, Suleman Babadoko, representing Lokoja I Constituency for a second term in the House.
The local government party executive led by its Secretary, Shuaibu Momoh, yesterday, addressed a press briefing in Lokoja on their decision to return Babadoko unopposed as the party’s candidate in 2015 without primaries.
Momoh said members of the party across the five wards in the constituency unanimously endorsed Babadoko for the second term, as a result of his superlative performance, which had brought development to the area.
But shortly after Momoh’s address, other aspirants led by Omar Gwadabe Maikafi, told newsmen at another press briefing, that the party did not endorse the incumbent for a second term in the House.
Maikafi said the Assembly seat for Lokoja 1 Constituency had been rotating among the five wards, with wards A, B, D and E having taken their slots, remaining Ward C.
Maikafi who said stakeholders from the constituency led by Senator Tunde Ogbeha had agreed that there must be primary election to pick the person that would represent the constituency at the Assembly; wondered why the executive now decided to toe the line of consensus.
”It was as a result of the rotation arrangement that Babadoko was elected to represent the constituency. The decision of the party executive; who must have been induced by money; endorsing the incumbent will only lead to crisis; and we are ready for them,” he stated.