By Stanley Onyekwere
A governorship aspirant under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Benue State and a former Managing Director of Lower Basin Commission, Engr. Roseline Ada Chenge has described the recently held PDP governorship primaries in the state as a “sham”.
Engr. Chenge who first contested as an aspirant under the party’s platform in the 2007 guber primaries of the state said the emergence of Hon. Terhemen Tarzo as PDP’s flag-bearer in the 2015 general elections would spell doom for the party in Benue.
She insisted that the party guber primaries were filled with irregularities in form of thuggery and non-compliance with the party’s electoral guidelines for the said election.
“From the beginning of the governorship primaries in Benue State to the end, everything was fraught with fraud and manipulations.
“When the national secretariat of the PDP flagged off the sale of delegates’ forms, Benue State did not sell the forms.
“Every aspirant of the delegates waited from Monday till Friday of stipulated period for the sales of the forms but Benue State did not sell the forms.
“So, the electoral process was truncated”, Chenge alleged.
Also, the aggrieved aspirant further alleged that the primaries took place on December 9 as against the December 8 scheduled date for the party’s governorship primaries nationwide.
“The primaries were to take place on December 8 but they were conducted on December 9. The election was deliberately delayed.
“And the delegates were taken to a particular location for accreditation other than the venue of the voting.
“The voting hall was filled with false delegates, and by 2:30 am of December 9, the purported election took place,” she stressed.
As a way out, the engineer turned politician called on President Jonathan and the party’s national chairman, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu as well as the entire PDP family to take note that there were no PDP governorship primaries in Benue State.
She advised that the issue must be resolved before the general elections next year.
Chenge equally said having ran under the party’s platform in 2007 guber primaries, she was familiar with the electoral process.
“And when that election of 2007 was free and fair, I was the first to congratulate the winner. So, this process was completely fraudulent and unacceptable.