By AbdulSalam Muhammad, Kano
Former civilian Governor of Anambra state, Senator Jim Nwobodo has declared thatÂ Nigeria can not do way with zoning formular in the light of its importance to peace and described those against it as â€˜selfish and myopicâ€™
Senator Jim Nwobodo who was in Kano to commiserate with the family of late Alhaji Abubakar Rimi noted that the zoning formular of the PDP though is an internal arrangementÂ â€˜is something you can’t do away itâ€™.
His words â€˜The zoning formular is something you can not do away with. It is so important to have peace in Nigeria and we practised it beforeÂ and it worked. So, I donâ€™t see why it can not work nowâ€™
Senator Jim Nwobodo stressed the need for PDP to hold on withÂ the gentleman agreement even if it hurts, maintaining that leadership involves the capacity to maintain a position irrespective its implications.
The former Governor revealed that he was against Rimi in 2003 when the late Kano politician violated the party rule and contested against an incumbent, adding that â€˜you donâ€™t vie for something that does not belong to youâ€™.
Senator Jim Nwobodo who welcomed the ouster of Maurice Iwu as the head of Independent Electoral Commission lamented that the man presided over the worst election in the country.
Nwobodo noted that election rigging was so pronounced during the Iwuâ€™s tenure however expressed hope that credible personality will be appointed as replacement.
Commenting on the crisis rocking his party at the national level stated that internal democracy is a must for the survival of any party, while differing on the step takenÂ so far by the PDP leadership to address the grievances of the Masari led Reformist Group.
The former Anambra state Governor said that Democracy is fmade vibrant by the quality of opposition within and outside the party, adding that Ogbulafor led party to embrace dialogueâ€™ in addressing differences in opinion.