Abia PDP Chairman: Jonathan Has The Right To Contest In 2015

jonathan_2015The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chairman in Abia, Chief Emma Nwaka, has said that President Goodluck Jonathan reserved the right to contest the 2015 presidential election as a sitting president.

Nwaka made this known when he spoke with newsmen on the crisis rocking the party and sundry issues in Umuahia on Wednesday.

According to him, all over the world, the practice is that sitting presidents reserve the right to contest election for a second tenure, so Jonathan has the right to seek re-election in 2015.

He debunked the claims that there was no internal democracy in the party, explaining that the party’s flag bearers at every political contest emerged through democratic process.

Nwaka said that unlike the procedure in opposition parties, PDP always threw the process of electing its representatives open to members during elections.

He cited the recent PDP ward congresses in Anambra, where delegates for the party’s mini-convention in Abuja, were elected rather than hand-picked, to buttress his argument.

He said he led 97 party members from Abia to supervise the exercise, arguing that such process did not obtain in other parties.

The chairman gave the assurance that whoever would succeed Gov. Theodore Orji, in 2015 must emerge through a transparent electoral process, devoid of manipulation.

He said that there was no division in Abia PDP, pointing out that the state was loyal to the Alhaji Bamanga Tukur-led PDP.

He expressed confidence in the loyalty of members of the National Assembly from the state to Tukur.

“There is no other place for the 11 people we sent to the National Assembly, comprising three senators and eight representatives,” he said.

According to him, anybody wishing to leave PDP should be ready to be in opposition in 2015 “because PDP will win the election.”

He said that the defection of some PDP members to the opposition parties would not affect the party’s fortune in the 2015 election. (NAN)

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