OrderPaperToday- A group known as the National Youths Vanguard for Democracy has issued a warning to the leadership of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) over an alleged plot to swap Ndudi Elumelu’s name with his opponent.
According to a press statement released by its National Coordinator, Mr. Edwin Innocent, there is a clandestine move within the party to substitute Mr. Elumelu’s name with his opponent, Joan Mrakpor, whom he defeated at the primary election.
The group warned the leadership of the PDP not to allow elements within the party to lead them toward a path “capable of plunging the party in to avoidable crisis.”
The primary election for Aniocha/Oshimili Federal Constituency of Delta State was won by Elumelu with 266 votes. He defeated his closest rival, Mrs. Mrakpor, who polled 226 votes.
The statement reads in part: “Our attention has been drawn to the clandestine move by some persons imploring the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party to substitute the name of the winner of the PDP Primary Election for Hon. Ndudi Elumelu with the name of Mrs Joan Amaechi Mrakpor who lost the primary election to the later.”
While calling on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) not to recognise anyone other than Elumelu, it also called on the National Working Committee of the PDP to sanction peddlers of the “fake news.”
“We also urge the Independent National Electoral Commission to strictly ensure that only the name of the candidate who emerged from the primary election it monitored in the said Federal Constituency that is duly submitted to it by the leadership of the party.
“In similar vein, we advise Mrs. Mrakpor to accept defeat and stop bringing the party’s name to infamy and public odium,” it concluded.