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2014: Anambra PDP chieftains warn against imposition of candidates

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ONITSHA—Stakeholders of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Onitsha South local government area, yesterday, cautioned the national leadership of the party against imposition of candidate in the forthcoming governorship election in the state.

Rising from a meeting, the party chieftains appealed to the National Working Committee, NWC, and the Board of Trustees, BoT, of the party to give aspirants for the governorship election a level playing ground to enable party members choose a candidate of their choice.

Spokesman of the group, Mr Nnorom Ochiaga Fegge, warned that the party might rob itself of electoral fortunes should the leadership fails to allow internal democracy prevail in the party primaries.

He said the failure of the party in 2010 governorship poll was a result of imposition of unpopular candidate, adding that the party might lose again if the scenario played itself out.

The group endorsed Dr Alex Obiogbolu who it said was not only qualified, suitable and credible candidate for the plum position, but also knew Anambra State, well having served in many positions in the state.

Besides, the stakeholders also condemned money politics that had eaten into the marrow of the PDP, saying it was against the tenet of democracy for money bags to buy the party ticket against the wishes of  members and other aspirants.

“We should remember that after the PDP primaries we would be facing the candidates of other political parties so we should avoid wasting our time by relapsing in our old practice of imposition of candidates that has not done us any good in the past,” he said.

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