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2010: No automatic tickets for candidates—PDP

By  Jimitota Onoyume

PORT HARCOURT—TO strengthen internal democracy within the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, the party has ruled out automatic candidacy for any of its members in coming general elections.

The Rivers State chapter of the party in its communique said the party would not tolerate any form of anti party activities from its member, adding also that it was set to deal with any member that had violated party rules.

“The party will provide level playing grounds to all contestants. Only the best, popular and acceptable candidates shall be presented and elected by the party in the 2011 elections. The party will strongly resist imposition of candidates to avoid a divided house,” the communiqué said.

“Our party strongly condemns any form of indiscipline and frowns out-rightly at disobedience by members. The party will not hesitate to punish erring members in accordance with party constitution.

“The party recognises the rights of individuals to the freedom of peaceful association, formation of clubs and associations to enhance political fortune, but any of such groups which may undermine the supremacy of the party will be seriously viewed as an offence.

“The party firmly believes and promises to retain its legacy in rotation/sectional balance of political offices. This has been seen over the years as a unifying factor. Our members at all levels, are advised to adhere to this,” the party added


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