By Nwabueze Okonkwo
ONITSHA — Stakeholders from Anambra North Senatorial Constituency of Anambra State, comprising Onitsha North, Onitsha South, Ogbaru. Anambra East, Anambra West, Oyi and Ayamelum local governments areas,
yesterday, opposed the plan by the Presidency, the Senate and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP to give automatic tickets to 40 incumbent senators to contest the general elections.
They said it was undemocratic and an aberration for the presidency, the senate and PDP to introduce such a new method at a time internal democracy was becoming more matured, interesting and attractive to both local politicians and the international community.
In a communique read on their behalf by Chief Frank Oramulu, a one-time Anambra State Chairman of PDP, at Awkuzu, Oyi Local Government Area of the state, after the emergency meeting, the stakeholders said it was only non-progressive representatives who alienated themselves while in office and who never bothered visiting
their electorate or keeping in touch with their roots that should be asking for such cheap and undemocratic favour.
Apparently reacting to a publication to that effect in some national dailies, entitled: “Senate Race: President Jonathan concedes tickets to 40 senators,” the stakeholders declared: “It is a terrible aberration. To allow such representatives to go back without the support of their people smacks of anything decent and civilized.
“We think that we have passed that era and like Biblical Israelites – there is no going back to Egypt.”