By Etop Ekanem
The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, councillorship candidates in the 2014 Anambra State Local Government elections said the only saving grace for the party in the November 18 governorship election is for PDP to allow a grassroots politician to carry the flag of the party at the poll.
This was part of the resolutions of the group after a meeting at Ozubulu, Ekwusigo Local Government Area of state.
Chairman of the group, Benard Onuchukwu, who briefed the press after the meeting said Anambra State had traditionally been a PDP state and that it lost grip of the state because of imposition of candidates and failure to reward party loyalty but deferring to welcoming back those that committed anti-party activities.
Onuchukwu said the constant practice in Anambra State in the past was to give the party structure to imported money bags, many of which, according to him, could not win any election without grassroots politicians.
Mr Dozie Udemezie, another member of the group, urged the national leadership of the party to allow the will of the people to prevail in governorship election by ensuring free and fair primaries and reiterated that only a true party man whose candidature will unite the various groups within the party can lead PDP to regain control of the state.
Onuchukwu also reassured the national leadership that his group was ready to work tirelessly for the eventual candidate of the party in the scheduled governorship election once such is a product of fair and credible primaries.
He said: “We know ourselves and those that can really give the state a five-star governance but the problem has always been that the party would come up with wrong materials who are not marketable and in the process lose out to the other candidate from another party who may even be less popular than a thorough bred PDP aspirant.” He explained.