Saturday, 15 January 2011
WHY PDP SHOULD CONSIDER THE POSITION OF THE NATIONAL PRESIDENT IF THEY ARE SERIOUS ABOUT PROMOTING DEMOCRACY.
Mixed reactions have trailed the Enugu state resolutions reached by camps of Governor Sullivan Chime and the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP), Dr Okwesilieze Nwodo on the crisis rocking the state PDP at the instance of President Goodluck Jonathan.
By the arrangement, primaries will hold in Enugu West and Enugu East into the House of Assembly and National Assembly. In Enugu North the aspirants to the House of Assembly and National Assembly will be chosen by Nwodo.
Such candidates, according to the pact, will not undergo primaries.
But members of Nwodo and Chime’s camps have kicked against the arrangement, saying it would jeopardise their positions in the party.
Five governorship aspirants left for Abuja yesterday to protest the power-sharing formula adopted by Nwodo and Chime.
While Nwodo’s camp described the arrangement as undemocratic and unacceptable, those in Chime’s camp felt betrayed by the National Chairman.
One of the affected lawmakers from Enugu North said: ‘’The people the National Chairman has sacrificed will pay him back at the appropriate time. We are sure that he is aware of this.
‘’Going by the decision for Nwodo to handpick PDP candidates for the state and National Assemblies in Enugu North where then lies the internal democracy which he has been preaching and for which he took an oath at the Holy Ghost Cathedral, Enugu to protect?’’