By Anayo Okoli
AHEAD of 2011 elections, Abia State chapter of the Progressive Peoples Alliance, PPA, has said it would set up what it referred to as Committee of Eminent Personalities, CEP, to screen aspirants for the various elective positions, with a view to presenting the party’s best candidates.
The party said the setting up of the committee was prompted by “an unprecedented upsurge of aspirants to elective positions on its platform.”
The membership of the committee, according to the state chairman of the party, Ezeogo Emeka Onuoha, will be drawn from the rank and file of the party to “appropriately screen the applicants”.
Consequently, he announced that the “party is painstakingly constituting competent committees to ensure good success of the party’s programme”.
Onuoha assured all the aspirants in the party of a level playing ground, saying there was no anointed aspirant in the party. He said the party envisaged the scramble for elective positions because of the fertile ground laid for every aspirant.
According to him, it is because of that the party slashed the application fees to the various elective positions and pegged them “at rock-bottom rates in order to encourage quality and best spread of applicants who, otherwise, would have been eliminated by exorbitant application fees as is the case in other parties”.
Onuoha also stressed the party’s “zero tolerance for ineptitude and corruption,” and promised that the party would field candidates that will add substantial value to the service of the people.
Meanwhile, the party has called on President Goodluck Jonathan and National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, and other relief agencies come to the assistance of innocent people that might have been displaced by the Military Task Force’s operation in Abia State, in the course of the task of flushing out kidnappers and other criminals in the state.