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Published On: Tue, Apr 29th, 2014

2015: No automatic ticket for Jonathan, govs – PDP

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President JonathanBy Lawrence Olaoye

The ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday restated that there would be no automatic ticket for anybody in the party, including President Goodluck Jonathan and other serving governors who are planning to return in the party.

The party’s National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, made the declaration while receiving a member of the House of Representatives who dumped the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC), Rep Charles Odedo, into the party in Abuja.

Metuh said “the PDP is the most democratic party in the country. This is the only party where a member can get his ticket without having any godfather. We have said that there would be no automatic ticket for any member of the party because we believe in internal democracy. No one owns the PDP. It belongs to all Nigerians.”

The PDP spokesman also said many responsible politicians are daily dumping the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) for the ruling party in the country.

“You are not alone; responsible leaders ate rejecting the APC; the South has rejected the APC, the North has rejected the APC. The Christians have rejected the APC; the Muslims have rejected the party,” Metuh told Odedo and the Anambra PDP leadership.

The party spokesman assured the lawmaker of level playing ground in the PDP selection process ahead of the 2015 general election even as he charged Odedo to continue to work for the progress of the party.

Metuh also charged the lawmaker and the Anambra state executive of the party led by Chief Ken Emeakayi to deliver the state to the PDP 98 percent at the 2015 general election.

Commenting, Odedo said he left the APC because there was no internal democracy and for his support for President Goodluck Jonathan’s Transformation Agenda.

He said he was never impressed by the merger of the defunct ACN on which platform he won his election into the House in 2011 with other political parties to form the APC.

According to him, he dumped the PDP for the ACN in 2011 because of some misunderstanding he had with some members of the party then. According to him, his grievances have been addressed with the reconciliation exercise embarked upon by the current leadership of the party.

The lawmaker said he would formally present his letter indicating his intention to dump the opposition APC to the Speaker of the House, Aminiy Waziri Tambuwal at the plenary today.

Odedo who said President Jonathan is impacting positively on the people with his Transformation Agenda said even though he contested on the platform of the defunct ACN in 2011, he actually mobilized and voted for the President at the polls.

The lawmaker assured that he would work assiduously to ensure the success of the ruling party at the polls not only within his constituency, but in the entire Anambra state by 2015.

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