A member of the PDP, Amb. Wilfred Bonse, has withdrawn from contesting the 2023 gubernatorial election in Cross River State, demanding the party return the 21 million naira used to purchase forms.
Bonse, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Tuesday, linked his request to “unfair treatment” by the party to deny him participation in the upcoming gubernatorial primary in Cross River.
According to a party official, fees for nomination and expression of interest forms are non-refundable.
Bonse said the party refused to disqualify him or allow him to run in the party’s upcoming primary elections, scheduled for Wednesday.
“I am asking the party to refund the sum of 21 million naira that I paid for the expressions of interest and nomination forms that I bought.
“If I had, for example, had a fair chance to participate in the primary and I had lost, I would have had no problem. But then, I am stuck every moment.
“A member of the Board of Directors (BOT) sent a letter to the PDP, urging them to reconsider my issue so that the party does not lose the gubernatorial election in the state given my pedigree.
“But it fell on deaf ears and the time is very near.
“The new electoral law provides that the authorization must be made seven days before the primary and that my name must be sent to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
“So my understanding of what’s going on is probably not something I want to say on camera, but obviously some people are seriously intimidated by my candidacy.
“They play sneaky games to try to stop me from attending the primary.
“But Cross River is bigger than anyone. It’s also bigger than any party. So we move,” he said.
He revealed he would seek his ambition on another “more convenient political party platform”.
Bonse added that he also made his request known in a letter and submitted to the National Chairman, PDP, Senator Iyorchia Ayu which was received and acknowledged at the National Party Secretariat, Abuja.
In the letter which was seen by NAN, he said he was stepping down to contest the election on another party’s platform as all avenues to seek justice from the PDP were found to be aborted in an attempt obvious to deny him participation in the primary.
“Having exhausted all avenues of consultation and appeal within the party without success, I withdraw my ambition to stand for the office of Governor of Cross River State on the platform of the PDP.
“I hereby leave the PDP for another political party with my supporters who are in the hundreds with their supporters by extension.
“I had hope in view of the PDP’ New Generation Operation Rescue Nigeria, Join the PDP Mantra for a level playing field which will see the emergence of the best man for the job.
“An individual who will shift power from the hands of the APC to the ruling PDP in Cross River State, but in my experience. I was patently wrong.
“This is why I have requested a full refund of all monies I paid for my botched expression of interest and nomination forms to participate in the party primaries totaling N21,000,000,” the statement read. letter.
NAN reports that the letter was titled “Notice of Withdrawal of Interest to Participate in Cross River State Governorate Primaries.”
He also copied the National Organizing Secretary, Financial Secretary, National Publicity Secretary and Deputy National Party Secretary.
When asked if he was invited to the evening’s screening, Bonse replied “yes”.
He added that at the time of the audit, he was asked to provide his tax receipts, voter’s card and birth certificate with judicial certificate, which he presented.
He said the selection board also asked for his National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) discharge certificate, which he explained he had already asked for and was assured by the NYSC that he would be processed as soon as possible. opening its gate.
“But they had hung on to that particular point, they just held us to the point where it gets very ridiculous to say the least,” Bonse said. (NOPE)