Drama In Taraba State As Three Aspirants Shun PDP Governorship Primaries

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Three out of the seven aspirants in the ongoing Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship primary election in Taraba State have boycotted the exercise.

While one of the aspirants, Victor Bala Kona, had earlier written the chairman of the electoral committee, Kabir Bappa Jauro, signifying his interest to boycott the exercise, the other two aspirants, as observed by DAILY POST, did not make any formal communication to the committee.

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Those observed to have boycotted the ongoing exercise were Victor Bala Kona, the incumbent Speaker of the House of Assembly, Joseph Albasu Kunini and the former Accountant-General of the state, Aminu Ayuba Kotolo.

Though none of the three aspirants gave reasons for not participating, some of their political associates who confided in NAIJALOADED, said the alleged inability of the party to provide a level playing ground for all the aspirants necessitated their actions.

Citing the alleged imposition of the incumbent chairman of the party, Kefas Agbu, as the would to be gubernatorial candidate, such move, according our source “compelled these aspirants to distance themselves from the exercise.”

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Our source who further has insight into the ongoing wrangling in the party, believed that the party’s dreams of retaining power come 2023, may turn out to be a mirage.

According to him

“It is my heart’s desire that the party will succeed in mending its leaking roof before the forthcoming general elections, or else, their dreams of winning this state again will be frustrated.

Some of the delegates who also bared their minds to NAIJALOADED at the venue, said their desire to return to their various local government councils have been dashed due to the delay in the commencement of the exercise.

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Looking tired and hungry, the delegates, whom our reporters noticed to be sitting on the bare floor in the stadium, wondered why the organizers of the events could not learn from other states who, according to them “have since completed their primaries.”

At the time of filing this report, our correspondent noticed that the exercise which was earlier scheduled for 10a.m just kickstarted around 7pm in the state.

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