Ahead of the 2015 Presidential and general elections, the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, insisted yesterday that there would not be automatic ticket for all those seeking re-election on the platform of the party.
He said this affects all those seeking re-election at both the state and national levels, including presidency and the National Assembly.
The PDP National chairman noted that as a party, it has its constitution where processes for candidates’ selection are clearly spelt out, adding, “we are therefore only bound by the provisions of this constitution and not the conventions of any other party, anywhere else in the world. We are no copycats.”
In a statement by the National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, the PDP however denied statements that it was into another process of amending the party’s constitution to guarantee automatic tickets to some incumbent office holders for second terms.
“The authors of this alien idea insinuated that we want to model our internal nomination process after the practice in the United States of America,” the PDP said.
This came as leaders of the South-East geo-political zone, the heart of the Igbo ethnic group, are divided over President Goodluck Jonathan’s yet to be declared re-election ambition.
According to Metuh, the PDP was not involved in any process to amend its constitution at the moment, adding that the 2012 amended copy was now the grund norm of the party and “we intend to strictly abide by its provision.”
Tukur, who noted that the PDP does not exist solely for the purpose of perpetual amendments of its Constitution, said: ‘’We have already made our position known that holders of elective positions can only secure another term based on their performance and their acceptance by the people in a free and fair primary election where all party members shall be guaranteed a level playing ground.’’
The PDP spokesperson who disclosed that the party had received several calls from concerned party members for clarification, stressed, “the PDP under Alhaji Bamanga Tukur shall never short-circuit the will of its members under whatever guise. We therefore urge our members to disregard this idea as we suspect that it is the handiwork of mischief makers who are desirous of causing disaffection among our members.”