BY SIMON EBEGBULEM
BENIN—Secretary to Edo State Government, Prof. Julius Ihonvbere, has described the call for automatic tickets for Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, governors and President Goodluck Jonathan, by the Chairman of Board of Trustees of PDP, Chief Tony Anenih, as undemocratic.
Ihonvbere, former Special Adviser to former President Olusegun Obasanjo, said: “The credibility I have to make my comment, is that I was in the frontline of those who fought for this democracy. Whether at the level of the UDFF or the level of JACON, with people like the late Chief Anthony Enahoro, Akinade, Bolaji Akinyemi, Fayemi, Bola Tinubu, Bola Ige and others. This is not the democracy we all fought for.
“That is his (Anenih’s) usual style, contaminating the political process. When they are afraid of competition, they look for short cuts. It is one way of telling people, not to even bother. But that is not in the PDP constitution or in the constitution of Nigeria. It does not help democratic development, it does not help democratic contestation, it does not help the strengthening of political institutions. If they have performed well, their records will stand for them and they will win.
“In Edo State, Governor Adams Oshiomhole performed to the point that across the three senatorial zones, religious divide, ethnic divide, the support was overwhelming.”