By Patrick Andrew
Unless the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) allows an open process in the conduct of its elective congress on Saturday, the party’s lively return to public embrace could be short-lived.
Former chairman of the Labour Party, Chief Dan Nwanyanwu, stated this yesterday in television programme monitored in Abuja where he noted that the former ruling party could be doomed if it misses the opportunity to return to the consciousness of the Nigerian public by conducting a free, fair and equity elective congress on Saturday.
Nwanyanwu said the national convention offers the PDP the ample opportunity to revive, reposition and re-emerge on the front burner of democratic practice in the country stressing that the party must allow an open process that ensures that all contestants for offices are afforded unrestricted opportunities to seek the mandates of the delegates.
“The leadership of the PDP must allow an open process for all contestants to seek the mandates of delegates without any form of restriction from any quarter. The party should adhere to the decision of the Port Harcourt convention that zoned the Presidential ticket to the North and the national Chairmanship to the South.
“There should be no micro-zoning of any position to geo-political zone in the south instead all candidates should be allowed to contest freely. No group should impose any candidate, no caucus should influence the decision of delegates to vote for any contestant”, he stressing that the party must it right to stay alive.
The former party chief said the PDP needs to do things right because Nigerians need a credible opposition that could cause the ruling All Progressives Party (APC) reasons to take critical look at policies, programmes and indeed governance which would benefit the Nigerian people.