The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is in a state of turmoil, uncertainty, and tension after rescheduling its primaries for the 2023 general election
The press learned yesterday that the primaries, which were supposed to start today with the election of State Houses of Assembly flag bearers, had been rescheduled. As a result, the postponement has affected all other primary elections for other offices.
Although no date has been set for the start of the primaries, there were rumours yesterday night that they would take place on Sunday.
An official of the party who spoke in confidence disclosed that a meeting had been fixed for 9:00 pm (yesterday) after which a formal announcement on the new dates would be made.
Despite the development, feelers from across the states indicated that aspirants have been engaged in last minute manoeuverings towards getting a favourable outcome. This was even as the party yesterday expressed fears that the rising wave of insecurity across the country might have been orchestrated to provide opportunity for tenure elongation for the current administration.
Findings from many states indicated that many aspirants were not convinced that the party would conduct free and fair primaries and have been mounting pressure on the leadership to ensure a level playing ground.