The PDP will choose its candidate on August 24.
The National Working Committee, NWC, of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has banned all its members from suing the party in the aftermath of the congress slated for August 24 to select the party’s candidate for the November governorship election in Anambra State.
The NWC’s position follows a meeting it held on Thursday at the National Secretariat of PDP in Abuja with stakeholders of the party in Anambra as part of preparations for the November 16 governorship election in the state.
The stakeholders were drawn from all known groups and caucuses within the party in the state. The meeting also resolved that all members of Anambra State PDP will work in unity to ensure victory for the party in the forthcoming Governorship election.
Withdraw your suits
Another resolution reached at the meeting, according to Tony Okeke, PDP National Publicity secretary, in a statement, is that all those who have cases in court shall withdraw such cases failing which the party will take severe disciplinary measures against them.
“No member of the party in Anambra State shall institute any suit on any matter affecting the conduct of the forthcoming congresses and primary election for the November governorship election without allowing the Party exhaust all internal processes as outlined in the Party’s constitution for the resolution of conflicts,” the statement said.
It also said, no matter the outcome of the primary election, no member shall engage in anti-party activity but all aspirants shall work together to deliver the party’s candidate in the November governorship election in the state.
The NWC however pledged that “in the conduct of the congresses and primary, the party will ensure a level playing field guided by equity, fairness and transparency”.
The three resolutions adopted were based on the suggestions by a former Health Minister, A.B.C Nwosu, who lamented the manner members of the party in the state played politics.
He noted that “PDP always defeat PDP in Anambra State. Even when PDP wins, PDP said it didn’t win.”
The former minister appealed to the governorship candidates, many of who were in attendance, to play politics according to the rules and support whoever emerged at the end of the day in order for the party to take control of the state.
“Don’t contest as if this matter is a matter of life and death; contest as if tomorrow shall come so that we will allow PDP to reclaim Anambra State. If we don’t reclaim Anambra State we would have opened the door for the destabilization of the South East geo-political zone and through it the destabilization of Nigeria,” he stated.
Also speaking at the session, a former Governor of Anambra State, Chinwoke Mbadinuju, who described the problem of PDP in the state as internal and external, said people would resort to court as the last option if they were shortchanged.
He appealed to the party to be objective in the entire process, warning “If the process is faulty then we are laying a foundation for somebody to do what he likes. If somebody has been targeted to be governor, every other thing somebody is doing will not count. Anambra is easy but it can become hot too. My job is to encourage and help.”
Others who spoke include Nicholas Ukachukwu, Simeon Okeke, Beatrice Obi and a former State secretary of the party, all of who warned the acting National Organising Secretary, Yusuf Abubakar, to beware of candidates who would entice him with money to circumvent the process.
However, the National Chairman, Bamanga Tukur, clearly evaded a question raised by the stakeholders on the relationship the PDP at the national level had with the state governor, Peter Obi.
Earlier in his opening remarks, Mr. Tukur urged the aspirants and stakeholders to work together with a view to reclaiming the state from the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA.
Among the aspirants present at the session were the Chairman of the Senate Committee on INEC, Andy Uba; Tony Nwoye; Obinna Uzor; Emmanuel Anosike; and Mr. Ukachukwu.
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