Edo PDP primaries: Shaibu Demands Certificate of Return, Says he is authentic winner

Edo State Deputy Governor, Comrade Philip Shaibu

Edo PDP primaries: Shaibu Demands Certificate of Return, Says he is the authentic winner

…Threaten to seek redress in court.

Controversy has continued to trail the recently conducted Edo State People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Primaries with the Edo State Deputy Governor, Comrade Philip Shaibu demanding for a certificate of return.

Shaibu had on Wednesday stormed the National Headquarters of the People’s Democratic party, PDP, in Abuja to demand for his certificate of return and claiming he won the primary.

Shaibu was reported to arrived at the party secretariat at 12:22 pm, went straight to the office of the acting National chairman of the party, Ambassador Damagu to get his certificate of return.

Though the acting National chairman was not on seat when he arrived, Shaibu later address the administrative staffs and granted Journalists interview.

When asked why he came to the party secretariat, Shaibu said, “Today is 28th of February, 2024, by the PDP guidelines approved by the NWC on the Edo 2024 governorship primary, today is the day set aside by the electoral guidelines to be the day that the certificate of returns will be issued.

So, it is not surprising that I am here today. I am here to receive my certificate of return because I won the primary conducted by the Edo PDP State.

“And the authentic delegates voted for me. If you look at the wall of the party office here, you will see the name of all the delegates that voted for me. Today is presentation of Certificate of Return according to the party. So, PDP must follow its rules and guidelines, this is what we are talking about.

“The process of producing a candidate has been compromised from the onset and we ask that those things be corrected. Even the committee recommended political solution. They are fully aware that there were abnormalities in the process that led to my emergence and whoever.

But why I am here is to obey the guidelines to come and receive the certificate of return and I was told that somebody else came here yesterday and was given the certificate. I think the court will tell among us who is the real candidate. But I am here to fulfillment the electoral guidelines of the PDP to receive my certificate.

“I have a document here where those that conducted the primary submitted to the office of the National Organising Secretary, from this document you will see the mess that took place in Edo state. This primary cannot be put aside. I am ready for us to correct the abnormalities in internal party democracy, because that is the beginning of he sustenance of Democracy.

If the party does not get it right, the foundation of our democracy is been threatened and we wil not fold our hands to watch what we laboured for, fought for, some people died in the process.

“Those that conducted the primaries and write this report are being threatened, they tried to procure them and many of them refused, now they are being threatened to write another report.

This is a committee that was put together by the NWC. If the PDP is serious, ready to win Edo state, they must do what is right and I am telling our members in Edo, not to be worried , we will get to the promise land. Edo will be the place where we will reset how internal democracy can be strengthened so that the foundation of democracy is not destroyed.

“I told them that I was coming, but none of them has come to work, only the staff of the secretariat are here, i don’t know why they are not here that is strange and that is in line with why will they be in a hurry to give certificate yesterday, when today was what was approved for the certificate to be given to the winner. I must be on the side of the people, straightening the foundation of our democracy which is party politics.

On reconciliation, Comrade Philip Shaibu said, ” Maybe the acting Chairman may be very Honourable and meant what he is saying, but another person talking about reconciliation don’t really mean what they are saying.

They are intimidating us, harassing us, as I speak they are even threatening to impeach me and that is their own way of dealing with people, they suspend , sack people, they make phone calls intimidating people telling people, they will come after you, during the military these are the kinds of threats that we were getting and we cannot return back to the era of intimidation and harassment and that is the issue in Edo State.

“Some of us have the energy and the strong will to fight against oppression and we have displayed it in many fora. That we hate oppression, we will always align with those that are civil, have empathy, if you don’t have this , you don’t have a place in democracy.

When asked if he will go to court for readdress, the Deputy Governor said, “When the party internal mechanism is been followed and is obvious that the party is not ready to listen, the next line of action will be the judiciary. But I pray we don’t get there and that is why I came here today. I am sure in the coming days the acting National Chairman and others will adhere to what brought me here today.

 

And when they do so, there will not be need to go to court. But if they don’t do what is needful, needful in the sense that I won the primary with the authentic delegates, the certificate should be returned to me, if that is not done, we will not have any choice than to see interpretation by the Court.

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