The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said that there was no move to amend its constitution to pave the way for President Goodluck Jonathan and second term governors as the sole aspirants of the party at the 2015 primaries.
The National Publicity Secretary of the party, Chief Olisah Metuh, stated this at a news conference in Abuja, saying all aspirants of the party would go through the primaries. Metuh commented on the alleged discreet move by the party’s National Executive Committee to amend the constitution to enable the President and second term governors to have the right of first refusal as it is being done in the United States.
He said the PDP’s National Executive Committee does not have the power to amend the constitution: “On constitution amendment, the NEC does not have the power to handle such. It is above the power of the NEC. The constitution provides that there should be primaries and that everybody must go through primaries; you must be able to come to the national convention and I do not know why people are talking about it.
“I am the National Publicity Secretary, nobody in the executive; nobody in the legislature; nobody in the administration of the party has ever mentioned it in my presence. Nobody has ever told me. I have never been informed. Nobody in the administration of the party has said he has heard it… Now, why is it so important for us to talk about amendment of the constitution or no amendment, we have a constitution that must be followed to the letter. As long as this constitution remains, there will be primaries. People will be free to run primaries according to the constitution of our party. That is where we stand. The constitution says that there will be primary. You cannot go against the constitution”