2019: PDP threatens to jail ‘impostors’ trying to submit unauthorized names to INEC
Having officially submitted names of candidates for National Assembly elections to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) ahead of the 2019 general elections, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has warned some people trying to submit another unauthorized names to the electoral umpire.
A statement signed by National Publicity Secretary of the party, Kola Ologbondiyan and made available to journalists on Saturday noted that anybody involved in that act will be jailed.
“The party notes with disdain moves by certain individuals to illegally submit authorized names from some purported primaries by dissident elements, notably in Ogun State.
“The PDP is aware that such elements forged and sold various fake nomination forms, and cornered the proceeds for their selfish gains.
“Those who unwittingly bought these fake nomination forms did not pass through the due process of screening and did not participate in primaries as officially conducted by the Electoral Committee set up by the National Working Committee,” the statement said.
Ologbondiyan argued that it is only National Working Committee of the party that is empowered to submit names of its party candidates to INEC.
According to him, “The conduct of primaries and submission of names of candidate remain in the purview of the National Working Committee.
“Any other purported primaries by any state chapter or any other level of the party is absolutely illegal and of no consequence.
“The PDP therefore warns, in the strongest possible term, that anybody who attempts to present any name from such illegal primaries as candidate of our party will face arrest and prosecution for forgery and stealing of funds derived from sale of fake nomination forms.
He, however, urged all PDP members and the general public to be calm as the rule of Law shall be strictly adhered to, particularly in all processes in our participation in the 2019 general elections.