Abuja â€” The People’s DemocraticParty (PDP) National Chairman, Chief Vincent Ogbulafor, says the party has no â€œanointed candidateâ€ to be imposed on the people of Anambra for the February 6, 2010 governorship election in the state.
He made this known while fielding questions from State House Correspondents shortly after emerging from a private audience with Vice- President Goodluck Jonathan.
Ogbulafor confirmed that although former CBN Governor Prof. Chukwuma Soludo was one of the partyâ€™s aspirants for the election, he had not been endorsed by the party.
He said, â€œinternal democracy must be upheld. We are not moving to choose anybody; the people of Anambra will choose a candidate of their choice.
There is no anointed person to be imposed as a candidate. Soludo is an aspirant just like many others. When we start giving out nomination forms, he (Soludo) will have to go to his constituency to pick one like every other aspirants.
â€œThere is no automatic ticket. The only way we can win election in Anambra is when we throw the contest open to everybody. The party will have problem if we pick somebody. We will try to democratise the selection of a candidate, and it will come from Anambra people. They will select whoever they want to govern them.â€™â€™
Ogbulafor denied reports that the party used the reception organised for Soludo on September 8 to honour him for his successful tenure at the CBN, and attended by PDP chieftains to launch his campaign.
â€œThe party does not know anything about the reception. If any party member attended, he or she must have done so at the invitation of Soludo,â€™â€™ he added.