In the bid to consolidate on the gains of the Ekiti elections and ensure the Peoples Democratic Party,(PDP) records a landslide victory in 2015, the party has been advised to stick with internal democracy and avoid propping up candidates who do not reflect the wishes of the people as such could spell doom for the party and affect its electoral fortune.
In the same vein, the party was urged to adhere strictly to internal democracy which should be paramount to all stakeholders.
The group under the auspices of Orange Movement in a statement signed yesterday by its National Coordinator, Mr. Kesimba Agba, also congratulated the National Chairman of the PDP, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu and the PDP Governor elect of Ekiti State, Chief Ayo Fayose for the resounding victory the party recorded in the last governorship elections in Ekiti State.
Agba said that the Group, which is a grassroots mobilisation and advocacy group, committed to the ideals of a credible, vibrant and a people-oriented electoral system, is satisfied that PDP won the elections through a very a transparent process, which conforms to the ideals, vision and aspiration of the Movement.
He said: “As we build-up gradually to the 2015 general elections, internal democracy should be paramount to stakeholders within the Party should be paramount to stakeholders.
" Anything short of propping up candidates who do not reflect the wishes of the people would spell doom for the Party and definitely affect its electoral fortunes in 2015".
"Let the feat achieved in Ekiti be replicated in all other states of the federation so that the people’s Democratic Party will ultimately achieve a landslide victory come 2015", he added.
According to Agba, there were certain things the National leadership of PDP can do to put the Party in a proper footing preparatory to the 2015 general elections and one of such things was to ensure that the forthcoming governorship primaries were not only free and fair but devoid of rancour "especially in Cross River State where it is perceived that the State Chapter of the Party is already manipulating the process perhaps to achieve a pre-determined motive.
“It is our position that All Aspirants should be accorded a level playing ground at the Primaries, and no individual or groups within the Party should be given undue advantage over the other.
"The electorate must be given the opportunities to decide who governs them come 2015. What happened in Ekiti state is what we want in cross river an election that would reflect the wishes and true aspiration of the people of the state".
“We are very practical. I am ready. I am prepared,” Senator Abaribe assured the party faithful, adding that he has been tested and trusted hence “you don’t need to go far to look for acceptable hand”.
He said that before coming to make his ambition public at the party secretariat he had gone to all the three senatorial zones and consulted adequately with stakeholders, including the state governor, Chief Theodore Orji.
Abaribe, a former deputy governor and now a two term Senator, said that he was well prepared to take another shot at the governorship seat to continue with the ongoing transformation of Abia under the present administration.
“It is our mission to sustain the transformation of Abia state to a technological and agricultural power house in Nigeria,” he said. According to him, the prevailing peace and security in Abia “will continue to be given prime attention by our government in a systematic way (in order) to make Abia an attractive place for all and sundry to come and do business”.
Alluding to his perceived rigid principle, Abaribe explained: “I’m not strong willed to oppress others; I’m strong willed to prevent oppression of people”.
Abia PDP chairman, Senator Emma Nwaka, who led the party executives to receive Abaribe and his entourage, expressed appreciation to the Abia South Senator for honouring the state party leadership by coming to declare his ambition.
He assured that the party would have a peaceful primary election to choose its flag bearer, adding that the field would be made level enough for all contestants.
Nwaka acknowledged that it would not be easy for the ruling party to choose its flag bearer given that “we have capable hands” among the people aspiring to get the gubernatorial ticket of the party.
The party chairman called on the PDP faithful to continue to give their cooperation to the party leadership in order to ensure a hitch free primaries , noting that the performance of the PDP in the recent governorship election in Ekiti State showed that the “party is where to be”.