…says there ‘ll not be automatic ticket
By Henry Umoru
ABUJAâ€”CRISIS in the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, widens everyday as the National Leadership of the Party yesterday described former Senate Presidents, Ken Nnamani, Adolphus Wabara, Ex-Speaker, Bello Masari, the immediate past National Secretary of the party, Bernard Eze and other members of the PDP Reform Forum as rebels.
According to the party, it was happy that it has the backing of the governors, the National Assembly, state chapters of the party, just as it stressed that the present government was a PDP one and Acting President, Goodluck Jonathan was pursuing the agenda of President Umaru Yarâ€™Adua against the backdrop that they were elected on Yarâ€™Adua/Jonathan ticket.
Speaking yesterday at the PDPâ€™s National Secretariat when he received members of the Conference of State Secretaries from the 19 states, the Deputy National Chairman, Haliru Bello Mohammed reiterated that there will be no automatic ticket for any aspirant for all positions of the party.
Meanwhile, the Conference of State Secretaries from the North who were led to visit the PDP National Chairman, Prince Vincent Ogbulafor by its chairman, Aminu Yusuf noted that there was the need for the leadership of the party to tolerate the views of others, just as they pledged their total support for the National Working Committee, NWC.
According to him, â€œwe are going to carry through. We are glad we have the support of our governors, we have the support of national and state legislators, we have the support of the hierarchy in the states, all state chairmen, and secretaries have come to show support. And we will continue to offer level playing field.
â€œWe have proper administrative structure for what you want to do therefore there is no cause for any member of the party to go outside the structure of the party to talk about reforms and any other changes. Those who are working outside the ambit of the party we know are up to no good, they are rebels, they are out to cause confusion because of their personal interests.
Vows to introduce due process
â€œAll what is happening in this party is not about the party organisation or party administration, it is about 2011 ambitions of certain people. This party has vouched to introduce due process that is why, we resist any talk about automatic ticket for any body and we stand by it. But undemocratic forces who believe they can act like they used to act under garrison politics will not have what they want under this leadership are out there planning mischief, we are ready for them.
â€œThe national working committee has made it clear that we are going to continue to pursue our policy of due process and internal democracy to continue to create level playing field for all members of this party who have ambitions at any level.
Says Jonathan is pursuing Yar’Adua’s agenda
â€œThis government is a PDP government. Yarâ€™Adua/Jonathan ticket is one ticket. Jonathan is pursuing the programmes of President Yarâ€™Adua that is what the party has directed and that is what the party will continue to support Jonathan to continue to implement. By the time we reach 2011, Jonathan would have put programmes in place that will make it possible to go back to the people and beat our chest and say yes PDP has performed and we are here again. The seeming crisis that you see in this party is nothing but the extension of politics.
â€œWe are all politicians and we know that the essence of politics is the exchange of opinion and synchronizing of opinion to come up with policies that is what is a happening. We welcome any of the party members who have any ideas to come and discuss with us. Any body who comes up with a statement that he wants to discuss or he wants to be implemented we are open and we welcome them we will continue to invite them.
Pledges party discipline
â€œHowever, there is one area we are not going to compromise, the area of discipline. There must be party discipline for this party to move forward. The last National Executive Committee meeting directed the NWC that there is a lot of indiscipline out there and we must do something to make sure party discipline is maintained we got that directive clean and clear and we are determined to enforce it.
â€œThat is why when some people who have ideas to discuss did not discuss it at the party forum we invited them to come for dialogue let us know the kind of reforms they are thinking of. Let us put head together and move the party forward.
â€œThe party is a continuous process of reform. Change is normal and is inevitable. We have to change to meet the challenges of the time. But when the party invites you and you decide to ignore the invitation of your party and operate outside the fringe of the party. It is incumbent on the leadership of the party to impose its right to discipline its members.
â€œTherefore, I know the major issue now is the issue of the suspension some of the party men who are involved in the forum. They are suspended that is not a punishment. They have been invited to come and talk with us, if anybody exonerates himself he remains exonerated. If anybody fails to exonerate himself he will face the disciplinary measures of the party, we are not going to step back from thatâ€.