By Fidel Ozugha.
As June 26, 2021 scheduled primary election of he Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) draws nearer, four governorship aspirants have picked expression of interest and nomination forms of the Party. The aspirants are current Senator Uche Lillian Ekwunife, Obiora Okonkwo, Chris Azubogu of House of Representative, and Witson Udeh. The four are from the three senatorial zones of the State, thus opposing and discouraging the zoning system existing in the State.
The NationGuardNews.com gathered that the idea of zoning has been overtaken by this development since the Party has already sold forms to different aspirants from all the three political zones instead of those coming from the Anambra south senatorial zone. It is seen that the Party is confused in her recruitment system. While the leadership at the national level believed in zoning system, the state leadership behaved as if it is alien to them.
The aspirants equally did not behave as if they believe in the zoning formula. For instance, an aspirant like Udeh who just picked his nomination form last Friday, urged the leadership of the Party to jettison any consensus arrangement to throw up a flag bearer. They all would prefer that the principle of full-fledged democracy be adopted to pick the governorship candidate of the Party. Even some big shots in the Party believe that the best path to walk is to allow all aspirants to test their popularity among party delegates whose duty would be to pick a sellable candidate for the Party ahead of the big test.
In another development, traders from the Southeast, under the umbrella of South-East Amalgamated Market Traders Association (SEAMATA), has warned that its members would not vote for political parties’ candidates that did not emerge from a democratic process in the Anambra governorship election.
In a statement jointly signed by its President-General, Chief Gozie Akudolu and Secretary-General, Mr. Alex Okwudiri, in Enugu, SEAMATA resolved not to support any candidate whose emergence was seen to be un-democratic and not coming from free, fair and credible primary.