2019: Why PDP may ‘implode’ after primary election – Chekwas Okorie

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The National Chairman, United Progressive Party (UPP), Chief Chekwas Okorie, has warned that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, may “implode” after its primaries ahead of the 2019 general elections.

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Okorie said this while warning PDP against celebrating those who just joined its fold.

Speaking with New Telegraph, the UPP Chairman stressed that PDP’s celebration was too early because danger was lurking around the corner.

He said the party’s celebration will be cut short after its primary election as it may implode and may not be able to manage the impending danger.

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Okorie said, “Well, this is something no one can control. They have thrown their own open to the north and anyone who is interested from that region can aspire. If the process of electing the ultimate candidate is controversial and lacks credibility and fairness, that will be the beginning of their failure.

“But all of those who are contesting for presidency on the platform of the party who can afford the high charges are not push over. They have the challenge of a very credible, transparent primary election that will be done in the open, and here again by delegates.

“If it goes the way of direct primaries, that is anarchy in the waiting. But if it is by delegates and the winners emerge, that is what will happen but in the case of APC, there is no difficulty there because their man is returning unopposed and what they are trying to do is to get the number of people who are saying he should run again, as a way of sending a signal as to the number of people who will vote for him in the actual election.

“So, this is like an election before election and it can work for them, but for the PDP I have long predicted especially when the party was celebrating about the defections earlier, I said they were rejoicing too early. Because at the time of their primary their own implosion will occur and then it will be too close to the elections for them to be able to manage it successfully. It may be the one that will actually suffer from a late implosion.”