The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kwara State has explained how some unidentified people disrupted its governorship primary election held on Sunday.
The State Publicity Secretary of the party, Tunde Ashaolu, in a statement on Sunday said the election was going on peacefully and smoothly, with delegates voting after accreditation before the unidentified persons disrupted the exercise.
“Delegates from two local governments had finished casting their votes and when it was the turn of another local government, the delegates raised a concern about their ballot papers, which was brought to the attention of the electoral committee.
“The committee was trying to address the matter before some fifth columnist took advantage of the situation to disrupt the exercise.
“The fifth columnists were not happy with the progress of the party in the state,” the statement read in part.
He also explained that the Senate President Bukola Saraki is interested in an all inclusive and more transparent process in the state, hence his declaration that a primary election should be held to decide the party’s candidate for the 2019 governorship election.
Ashaolu also denied insinuations that Saraki had anointed a particular aspirant to emerge as the party’s governorship candidate in the primary election.
He emphasised that neither the Senate President nor the State Working Committee of the party had a preferred candidate.
“Saraki who was not in town while the exercise was going on. He arrived Ilorin at about 10:00 p.m., to ensure that the incident do not denegerate into a crisis within the party,” he explained.
He stressed that this is why the party remains committed to conducting a free, fair and credible primary election.
Ashaolu, however, appealed to members of the party to remain calm, adding that arrangements are ongoing to ensure that the voting exercise is resumed and concluded on Monday.
According to him, the electoral committee from Abuja are still around to conduct the exercise and security would be beefed up at the venue of the election.