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Published On: Sun, Oct 12th, 2014

Group hails PDP for banning candidates’ endorsement

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By Ahmed Abubakar

A Nongovernmental Organisation (NGO), Centre for Social Justice, Equity and Transparency (CESJET) has commended the decisions by the National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to prohibit the endorsement of candidates for the 2015 general elections.

CESJET described the endorsement of some contestants as sole candidates as undemocratic, saying it might not produce the best candidate for the job.

It would be recalled that the PDP NWC, which had announced its decision to lay bare the contest for all seats, warned the state chapters of the party to desist from endorsing sole candidates.

This decision, which was predicated on the recent endorsements galore across the country, was reversed yesterday to make way for internal democracy and calm down the chain of condemnations over the development.

Speaking to journalists in Abuja, Executive Director Operations, CESJET, Rotimi Adeola, hailed the decision, describing it as being capable of saving Nigeria’s nascent democracy from collapse.

“The endorsement was undemocratic, anti-people and has tendencies to scuttle a democracy that holds much for the people”, he said.

Citing particularly the Enugu endorsement, Adeola further stated that it was such kangaroo anointing that brought forth Governor Sullivan Chime, who has nearly become an embarrassment to Enugu state.

In the same vein, the National President, National Democratic Front (NDF), Comrade Philip Agbese, has also hailed the decision of the PDP NWC, saying the endorsement regime spelt a doom for Nigeria’s democracy.

Speaking to our correspondent, Agbese said the endorsements were a pre-rigging exercise, as it was a sure guarantee that the 2015 elections would rather be a selection of candidates than democracy in practice.

Meanwhile, he called on Governor Sullivan Chime and his cohorts to tender unreserved apology to Nigerians, for leading such caricature and trying to deny them their fundamental right to choose their leader.

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