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Nigerians in Diaspora task PDP on selection of candidates

Emma Amaize

WARRI- NIGERIANS in Diaspora under the auspices of Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GEJ, 2011 Diaspora Support Group, Europe chapter, have called on the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to implement to the letter its recent announcement that only corrupt-free candidates without any illegal baggage would be nominated in the party’s primaries as standard-bearers for the various political offices in the next elections.

Chairman of the group, Chief Lambert Igboanugo, in an online interview with Vanguard, yesterday, after its general assembly in The Netherlands said, “Good governance begins with having the right and corrupt- free candidates without corrupt antecedents or any illegal baggage that will embarrass the party and by extension, the Nigerian polity”

“So, PDP delegates from the ward to the federal level must display superlative degree of internal party democracy and honesty in electing their delegates for the forthcoming primaries at all level”.

“It is important we maintain a high level of justification for the candidates that are to be thrown up for the subsequent elections, we conscientiously believe that if Ghana can do it,   we will do it better”, he stated.

He said, “The GDSGE believes that it is PDP that has the best political structure in Nigeria and cannot afford to fail Nigerians by bringing in candidates who may have one petition or other legal tango to dance with the state because of their antecedents or are in Economic and Financial Crime Commission EFCC’s black book”.

Chief Igboanugo asserted that the compassionate and transformation government of change promised by our principal, Jonathan/Sambo ticket “will be built on a solid foundation that begins with dedicated delegates who are ready to see Nigeria change for the benefit of the downtrodden”.

“We as a support group in Diaspora and in conjunction with international community have taken the position adopted by Economic and Financial Crime Commission’s warning to political parties in Nigeria not to field candidates who had ever had brush with law or petitions on corruption or any such vices as this will lead to automatic disqualification including those whose corruption cases are still lingering in court.

“We have received with jubilation, the position already taken by PDP to make sure they will not field candidates with corruption baggage. We, as a campaign support group for Jonathan/Sambo ticket and with our contacts within the international community are waiting for the PDP position to be followed to the letter. Nobody should plant apple and expect to reap orange”, he said.

“What is left is for the PDP and her delegates to know the very direction they want Nigeria to go in making a clean break from the stinking corrupt past that can never be an alternative to transformational change with a generational touch promised Nigerians by Jonathan/Sambo ticket come 2011.

“That GDSGE and by extension Nigerians in Diaspora totally subscribe to eradication of corruption in our polity as proffered by Jonathan/Sambo and stop making Nigeria a laughing stock and a measurement parameter for international corruption index”, he added.


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