The Akwa Ibom group said the move was not democratic.
A group in Akwa Ibom on Friday in Uyo said the alleged move by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to give automatic tickets to both its state and national legislators was not progressive.
Ekong Umoh, the Public Relations Officer of the Forum of Former Elected Leaders of Council, Ikot Abasi Federal Constituency in Akwa Ibom, said this while speaking with journalists.
Mr. Umoh said the forum believed that automatic tickets to contest elections were unrealistic, untenable and counter-productive.
“The development will not only create more problems in the party, but will be a way of rewarding lazy lawmakers,’’ he said.
Mr. Umoh urged PDP legislators to return to their respective constituencies to gauge their level of popularity among their constituents, and not stay back in Abuja to clamour for automatic tickets.
He said it was surprising that the lawmakers were seeking automatic tickets “after conspiring with people outside the PDP to ridicule President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration’’.
“There is simply no way the PDP can offer automatic tickets to both state and national assembly members, especially the present national assembly members.
“Many of them have displayed disloyalty and stayed in opposition to the very party which brought them into office.
“These lawmakers openly contradict and undermine government’s well-intended policies. Now they want to blackmail and arm-twist the same government for automatic party tickets.
“Politics is a game of interest, and sometimes very complex contending interests, which explains why it is laughable for someone to idle away and expect automatic ticket,” the forum spokesperson said.
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