PDP says it will not give automatic tickets to incumbent office holders in 2015.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said it will not amend its constitution in order to guarantee automatic tickets for President Goodluck Jonathan, governors, and other incumbent office holders ahead of the 2015 elections.
The spokesperson of the PDP, Olisa Metuh, said on Tuesday, in Abuja that the 2012 amended copy of the constitution remains “the grand norm of the party” and the current leadership is determined to abide by its provision.
There were some media reports that the PDP is working on a process that will give President Goodluck Jonathan, and governors elected on the party’s platform, the chance of first refusal in respect of nomination for re-election in 2015.
Sources within the party were quoted as saying that the idea is being championed by some elders of the party who seek to fashion the PDP constitution after the convention in the United States where a President seeking re-election is given the option of refusal of nomination by his party.
Mr. Metuh said such an idea is alien to the party and that the PDP is no “copycats”.
“We also wish to make it clear that the PDP has its own constitution where processes for candidates’ selection are clearly spelt out. We are therefore only bound by the provisions of this constitution and not the conventions of any other party, anywhere else in the World,” he said.
Mr. Metuh also said the only guarantee of re-election that any current elected representative of the party has is their record of performance and their acceptance by the people in a free and fair primary election where all party members shall be guaranteed a level playing ground.