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2011: Tough hurdles await PDP aspirants

By Dayo Benson, Political Editor
ABUJA—Board of Trustees meeting of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party PDP, which met Saturday right in Aso Rock is disturbed over the fortunes of the party come 2011 general elections with the way some of its elected members have lost their positions.

Specifically the BOT is not happy with the manner the judicial  process has thrown out some governors, senators, House of Representatives and state Houses of Assembly members in recent times.

Sources inside the meeting which lasted all through the night revealed that the highest organ of the ruling party also told members that prospective PDP candidates in 2011 might not easily winelections as it happened in 2007 even though the party is still controlling the federal government.

It was reliably gathered that the party may close its doors against aspirants with questionable characters who would want to use its platform to get into elective offices.

Such individuals the meeting said, would not be able to withstand legal fireworks of opposition parties.

The source which further confided in Vanguard stated that even if PDP in whatever way assisted such candidates to secure election victory, the judiciary given  recent experiences would get such candidates out of office.

The implication of this, Vanguard learnt,  is that the party has made up its mind to show zero-tolerance to politicians of little or no integrity because the anticipated electoral reforms would hike the stake
Another source who spoke to Vanguard on telephone last night said PDP had resolved to lay emphasis on performance of serving elected office holders before they can earn the party tickets to seek  reelection

“They only have one year to perform. By this time next year there will be no governance again. All those in Abuja would have run back home and you know the primaries will start from the ward,” said the source.

At the last special convention of the party in Abuja, last April, President Umaru Yar’ Adua had instructed all elected PDP office holders to stop campaigning for 2011, saying that it is their performance that will determine whether they will be given second term ticket. The president also said that there would be no automatic ticket for anybody.

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