By Ahmed Abubakar
A House of Representatives aspirant from Abia State has expressed worry over consensus arrangement by some party stakeholders.
Nwala Chukwudi Oracle, who was at the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) national secretariat to pick his nomination and expression of interest forms, said such arrangement may de- franchised other aspirants.
He explained while fielding questions from journalists that he understands adoption better than the word consensus.
According to Chukwudi, “I am worried by that word, consensus because you will de-franchise others, I understand adoption.”
A governorship aspirant from Benue, Gabriel Nyitse, who was also at the party to pick his form, said if the leadership of the party explained in detail the meaning of consensus he would abide by the decision of the party, because the party is supreme.
Another Benue governorship aspirant, Engr. Felix Atume, said that his slogan for the state is “Benue beyond oil,” as the state has advantage in agriculture.
He explained that all the contestants have consulted with Governor Gabriel Suswan, adding, “the more the number the better so that the people can choose. It is the beauty of democracy.”
Seyi Makinde, a governorship aspirant from Oyo lamented that the state under All Progressives Congress (APC) has underachieved.
Makinde, who was at the party headquarters to pick his nomination and expression of interest form, said “the education sector is a failure. In the last West Africa Examination Council (WAEC), Oyo state came behind South-south, South-east and others.”
While Senator Arise, who came to pick his senatorial form, said Nigerian democracy is getting better by experience. Sir Marc Wabara, a governorship aspirant from Abia State and a younger brother to Adolphus Wabara, former Senate President, said that he was not aware that Governor Theodore Orji has anointed anybody for the governorship position in 2015.
Hon. Emmanuel Ibeshi, a governorship aspirant from Cross River said PDP has gone beyond the dream of the founding fathers.
Dr. Mariam Ali, a senatorial aspirant from Delta and the wife of former PDP National Chairman, Ahmadu Ali, said primary healthcare would be her primary concern. This is even as Simon Anchaver, a governorship aspirant from Benue State said agriculture, welfare of widow and allowance for the aged would be his responsibility.