An aggrieved presidential aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Stanley Osifo has threatened to sue the party if it fails to drop Alhaji Atiku Abubakar as its presidential candidate for next year’s general election.
Osifo, who made the threat on Tuesday during a press conference in Lagos described Atiku’s emergence as the party’s standard bearer as an imposition while issuing a 48-hour ultimatum to the party to address his complaint.
He declared the National Convention of the PDP held in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital as null and void, claiming that it did not follow the laid down rules and regulations as contained in the party’s constitution.
Osifo alleged that he was denied participation in the exercise despite having obtained the necessary documents and fulfilled all the requirements which would enable him participate in the said convention.
“I, therefore call on the party to address this germane issue in the next 48 hours, failure of which we will proceed to court to seek redress. Therefore, the primary that produced the party’s presidential candidate is null and void.
“I have written two letters to the party and the Chairman on the matter. But my complaint was not taken seriously and we would not relent until we get justice because we will continue to pursue the matter,” Osifo said.
Describing his sidelining as the height of impunity in the party, Osifo maintained that the party should not have collected his money for expression of interest form among others if it did not want him to take part in the exercise.
“There is no doubt that this is the height of impunity in the party. Before I decided to participate in the election, I met and discussed with the party leadership. As such, I obtained the form to enable me to participate.
“Incidentally, when the party was meeting the aspirants to have a discussion on primaries, I was never invited and only got to know about the development in the media. It is instructive to note that if the party did not want me to participate, why should it collect the money I paid for expression of interest to contest forms?” he queried.
While stressing that nobody was using him to scuttle the efforts of the party, Osifo
maintained that he was protesting on the grounds that he has equal rights to contest for the exalted post as a party member.
“I have addressed the same allegation in the past alleging that I am a mole in the party. I must make it clear again that nobody can use me to derail the PDP. I believe in the cohesiveness of the party but it is not laying a good example,” he added.