The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA), on Sunday, blamed the process that produced formerVice-President Atiku Abubakar as the 2023 presidential flagbearer of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP.
HURIWA, in a statement by its Public Fellow, Emmanuel Onwubiko, contended that Atiku’s emergence was heavily compromised by overdue monetisation, adding that the PDP delegates gave their aspirant niche to the loftiest endeavor.
The group said it was disappointing that officers of the Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) showed up at the venue of the primary election at the MKO Abiola Stadium in Abuja but failed to arrest anyone.
The group also advised the ruling All Progressives Congress to move against a northern seeker and make a southerner its presidential seeker in the spirit of fairness and to save the concinnity of Nigeria.
With the extension of the deadline for the submission of names of presidential campaigners by the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC
The APC moved its presidential primary from end of May to first week in June while Nigerians keep a vigilant eye to see who the party will put forward.
According to reports, each of the 767 public delegates that suggested at the MKO Abiola Stadium, venue of the presidential primary, allegedly got at least$ from the candidate.
This allegation is yet to be debunked by the individualities so indicted, the group said. Atiku secured the votes of 371 delegates to win the primary election.
His closest rival was Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, who polled 237 votes while former Senate President Bukola Saraki got 70 votes
Others are Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed polled 20 votes and Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel secured 38 votes.
HURIWA’s Onwubiko described the presidential primary of the PDP as a corruption jubilee.
He said the pullout from the PDP race by former Anambra State Governor, Peter Obi; and businessman Mohammed Hayatu- Deen
Who both said the PDP had monetised the process suffices that the presidential primary was nothing but corruption jubilee.
HURIWA condemns the conspiracy of the EFCC that pretended that it does n’t know that back handers changed hands.
Theanti-graft agency transferred its operatives to the primary venue but the exchange of bone still happed as seen in several media reports.
How opprobrious! HURIWA urges the EFCC top situations in Abuja to make the over 700 delegates that suggested on Saturday/ Sunday.
HURIWA urges the APC to give its ticket to the South- East or at least the Southern region so as to save the concinnity of Nigeria
Differently if APC goes North like PDP, it’s a vote of no confidence on the nonstop actuality of Nigeria.
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