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PDP convention: Candidate demands refund after loss

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Jaafar Jaafar
Jaafar Jaafar is a graduate of Mass Communication from Bayero University, Kano. He was a reporter at Daily Trust, an assistant editor at Premium Times and now the editor-in-chief of Daily Nigerian.
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The Peoples Democratic Party’s convention may have been over but the fallout of the election of the party’s leaders has continued to raise dust, casting uncertainties in the expected unity and calm in the opposition party.

Already, a reconciliation committee under the Bayelsa state governor, Sariake Dickson, has started consulting the aggrieved members, with reports also suggesting that the former president, Goodluck Jonathan is charting another course to calm the angered members.

However, some candidates who contested for some positions are still angry at the way the election went, alleging “imposition” rather than election.

In an interview with the BBC Hausa service on Wednesday, Aliyu Manji, who contested the vice president office, North, said the election lacked fair play and demanded for the repayment of his money.

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“This election was characterised by injustice. There was no level playing field. You can best describe it as an imposition, after they made us purchase forms.

“And before we attain certain level, they should call us and pay us back our money,” he warned.

But former Jigawa state governor, Sule Lamido, called for patience and urged the aggrieved members to take the results of the election in good faith.

“People who think there were irregularities, but those who organise it were elder statesmen in this country. They are either ex governors or ex ministers and during their times some people also lost to them.

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“In a house with a large family, we have to be patient. To even have conducted a peaceful convention of such magnitude is enough to be thankful,” he told BBC Hausa, in reaction to the aggrieved members.

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