One of the aspirants in the Friday concluded governorship primary election said he boycotted the election because the leadership of the party had already endorsed one of the aspirants to emerge as the party candidate.
Barrister Abdullahi Haruna, made his position known on Monday in Lokoja while speaking at the sideline of the party primary that produced senator Dino Melaye as the party candidate.
Haruna said, ” I stayed away from the process because the leadership of the party endorsed a preferred candidate hours before the election.
“I came into the race with the the conviction that the party leadership would ensure that the best candidate emerged in a free and fair process that would instill confidence in the electorate and give the party the needed massive support across the state at the November 2023 election.
“I had prepared for the primary election for months campaigning tirelessly, meeting with constituents, and outlining my plans for the future of Kogi State.
“I was confident that the party was focused on taking decisions that would ensure it would win the November election and make a difference in the lives of the people of Kogi State
“However, just hours before the primary election, the shocking announcement that there was a preferred candidate made me stayed away from the race out of respect for the wisdom of the state party leadership.
“I know this came as a surprise to my mammoth supporters who believed that my involvement in the politics and governance of the state since 1992 would have brought tremendous developmental benefits.
“I thanked my supporters and the leadership of the party, and I promised to remain committed to the decisions of the PDP in the state and to work for its success in the future.
“I also assured that I will continue to advocate issues that would be crucial to the good governance of Kogi State and end the hardship being faced by the ordinary people.
“Politics is not always about winning or losing. Sometimes, it is about making difficult decisions and looking into the future for more rewarding options that will better serve the interest of the ordinary people.”