PDP governorship aspirant Wilfred Bonse is demanding a refund of his N21 million paid to pick a governorship nomination form in Cross River. He said he was no longer interested in contesting the PDP governorship primary election.
Mr Bonse linked his demand to “unfair treatment” by PDP to prevent him from participating in the forthcoming governorship primary in Cross River.
According to an official of the party, the fee for nomination and expression of interest forms are non-refundable.
Mr Bonse said the party refused to disqualify or clear him to contest the primary election scheduled for Wednesday (today).
“I am requesting the party to refund the sum of N21 million I paid for the expression of interest and nomination forms I bought. If I had, for instance, been given a fair chance to participate in the primary, and I lost, I will not have had an issue. But then, I am being stonewalled at every point,” said the governorship aspirant.”
He added, “A board of trustees (BOT) member has given (a) letter to PDP, urging them to reconsider my issue in order not for the party to lose (the) governorship election in the state considering my pedigree. But it has fallen on deaf ears and the time is very close. As I speak, we have less than seven days to the primaries.”
The amended Electoral Act provides for clearance to be done seven days to the primary but Mr Bonse’s name to be sent to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
“So, my understanding of what is happening is not something I probably want to say on camera, but it is obvious that certain persons are seriously intimidated by my candidacy,” Mr Bonse further explained. “They are playing some underhand games to try to stall me from participating in the primary. But Cross River is bigger than any person. It is also bigger than any party. So we move.”
He disclosed that he would seek his ambition on more “commodious political party platform.”