By Emmanuel Aziken
Abuja – Senator Joy Emodi (PDP, Anambra North) has decried the large number of aspirants seeking the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) gubernatorial ticket in Anambra state and charged the party hierarchy to apply all fair means to trim the number.
Senator Emodi, also yesterday denied obtaining the PDP gubernatorial form, saying she should not be confused with Chief Uchenna Emodi, a factional chairman of the PDP in the state, who is among the gubernatorial contenders.
At least, 49 PDP members have picked the PDPâ€™s expression of interest form for the gubernatorial election scheduled for next February.
â€œLet me say that it is embarrassing that more than 30 aspirants have picked forms to contest for the governorship of my state. The large number of people contesting for the governorship seat, even though they are expressing their fundamental human rights, would at the end of it all, only cause confusion,â€ she said in an interview yesterday.
â€œI would use this opportunity to advise the NWC of the PDP not to succumb to this pressure (from the large number of the aspirants.)â€
Calling on the party to use fair primaries to reduce the number of contenders, she said, â€œeverybody contesting should subject himself or herself to free and fair primaries at all levels. Delegates should be allowed to vote. There should be nothing like delegates going behind to screen aspirants.â€
Senator Emodi, who herself had a near successful run for the governorship of the state ten years ago before the Sani Abacha transition programme was truncated, denied picking the PDP gubernatorial form.
She said, â€œI have been bombarded with a lot of calls. Let me reiterate that I have not picked any form to contest the governorship election next year and that the Emodi that picked the form last week was not me.
â€œI am content with the position of aÂ Senator for which my people voted for me to serve them. I didnâ€™t join the fray for the governorship of Anambra state,” she added.
Among the contenders are two of her colleagues in the Senate, Senators Ikechukwu Obiorah and Annie Okonkwo.