Crisis in PDP over automatic ticket for serving federal lawmakers in 2019

There is crisis in the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ahead of the 2019 elections over an alleged plan by the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party to offer all interested serving national law makers automatic ticket, Vanguard reports.

We gathered that major leaders and stakeholders of the party across the nation not favourable to the alleged plan have kicked against such action and warned that it would spell doom for the party if the NEC goes ahead with the alleged plan.

They warned that such action would just be “an open and deliberate action to kill PDP in all the states the party is in control”, saying that the race should be left open to all interested aspirants.

The Abia state chapter of the party alleged that decision of the NEC is already causing ripples among aspirants who have already purchased forms as well as party leaders and stakeholders who said they would resist such decision.

Chief Charles Ogbonnaya, a strong leader of the party in Abia state, said the party in the state has heard of the rumour and warned that “it just remains a rumour”.

Ogbonnaya wondered if the party was going back to its days of impunity that cost it power in 2015 and urged the NEC led by Prince Uche Secondus not to succumb to any threat or intimidation from any quarters and go ahead with such action, saying the party would pay dearly for it.

“I wish the rumour remains a rumour. If the NEC tries it, we will all defect to APC or APGA and leave the party for them and that will be the end of PDP in Abia.

“We said that we have reformed and we must show it by our decisions and actions. The NEC should not succumb to any intimidation from any quarters to give automatic ticket to any person. Let all of them go to the field and test their popularity and acceptance, otherwise the party would be in big trouble.

Ogbonnaya, a serving commissioner and renowned grassroots politician, further said: “Let us not be deceived. Whoever wants to serve the people should come down to his people to test his acceptance with the people he wants to serve.

“The NEC should learn a big lesson from the mistake of 2015. We should not repeat such a mistake. A stitch in time saves nine. Some aspirants have got their forms and somebody is talking of automatic ticket to some people. That will not work.”

“Let all of them go to the field and test their acceptance at the primary elections. What the party should do is to insist on the conduct of fair and credible primaries for all the aspirants so that whoever wins will clearly be seen to have won and the people will vote for such person.”

We previously reported that crisis has been sparked between the national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the party’s intending aspirants across the states following an alleged offer of automatic tickets to serving members of the two chambers of the National Assembly for the 2019 elections.

Protesters, who stormed the party’s Abuja secretariat on Monday, September 3, demanded a level play field for all aspirants through free, fair and transparent primary elections across the states.

A group protesting from Kogi state said offering automatic tickets to the lawmakers was in clear violation of the Electoral Act, the PDP constitution and the party’s guidelines.


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