Awka— NATIONAL and state assembly aspirants of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Anambra State who failed to secure the party’s ticket for the March 28 and April 11 elections have threatened to defect to another political party with their supporters if the leadership of PDP refused to refund them the nomination and screening fees paid before the inconclusive primaries of the party last year.
Operating under the aegis of PDP Aspirants Forum, Anambra State chapter, the aspirants, who are from the three senatorial zones of the state, said they were demanding refund of their money because there were no primaries conducted by the party.
They argued that those parading themselves as candidates of the party in the state declared themselves winners.
In a statement issued by the chairman of the steering committee of the aspirants’ forum, Mr. Chukwuemeka Orjiakor and secretary, Mr. Godwin Uchime, they regretted that even when the leadership of the party knew that there were no primaries, they chose to pocket the money paid by the aspirants and pretended as if nothing happened.
The statement read: “PDP has submitted names of those it felt had deep pockets as the candidates for the senatorial, House of Representatives and House of Assembly in the three senatorial zones of the state.
“Those who were given tickets were predetermined by the PDP. Even though the nomination forms were bought for N4.5 million for senate, N2.5 million for House of Representatives and N1.2 million for House of Assembly, with our contact addresses, we are shocked that PDP has not deemed it proper to invite the aspirants for a meeting to take a decision on the matter.