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‘Party caucuses strengthen democracy’

Cross Rivers State Governor, Senator Liyel Imoke, has assured that Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the state would strengthen internal democracy with the formation of party caucuses across the state.

Imoke, who gave the assurance while addressing PDP caucus members in Calabar, said party members could only be relevant if they played effective roles in the selection of candidates to vie for elective offices.

He added that it was incumbent on them to select credible candidates for the forthcoming elections because the state expected nothing more from them than the best.

Imoke warned against the adoption of cultists to contest in the election because, according to him, they have destroyed the society and children, adding that they should go for quality representation.
to ensure competence.

He noted that if the system was faulty in 1999, 2003 and 2007 elections respectively, it should be corrected in 2010 elections.

Imoke, who drew cheers and standing ovation from the caucus and their leaders, said it was time to sensitize the electorate on the quality of those to be elected into offices, especially at the local government level.

He lamented that at the end of their tenures, councillors have not achieved anything like passing bye laws in their areas, saying caucus members should not compromise quality for incompetence.

The governor expressed disappointment with local government councils for non-performance, despite receiving more money now than ever before, adding that elected officers now build hostels, hotels and estates in cities and rarely show up in their constituencies.

He noted that when they do show up, they do so by sneaking in and sneaking out in the night.

On zoning, the governor reasoned that it should be based on respect, taking into consideration various offices available to be shared equitably to ensure spread and fair play, especially as issues of second term should come from the leadership of the party.

He advised politicians to be more accommodating as well as take decisions which will be in the interest of the common good rather than personal interest, noting that caucus leadership was based on commitment and ability to lead as well as loyalty to the party and not on sentiment.

Ntufam Ekpo Okon, State Chairman of PDP in an introductory address, explained that membership of the party caucus was selected on merit to maintain unity of the party.

He enjoined members to be steadfast and avoid the habit of jumping ship only to return when they failed in other parties. as it will not be tolerated again.

Okon, who warned that such a practice would no longer be tolerated, cautioned against indiscipline in the party, especially at the chapter level, where some have parallel executives.


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