How PDP plans to stop moneybags from hijacking primary elections

The National leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said that moving forward, it would no longer allow party primaries to be hijacked by money bags and influential members.

The opposition party said that its primaries would no longer incur costs, in order to accommodate the rich and the not-so-wealthy members of the party.

Acting National Chairman of the PDP, Uche Secondus, said this on Tuesday, when the Resident Country Director of International Republican Institute, Sentell Barnes visited him at the party’s National Secretariat, in Abuja.

According to Secondus, the era of automatic ticket in the PDP, is over.

We were so used to winning in the past 16 years. We never prepared for defeat and so when it came, we were surprised.

“Now, we should know that money is not everything. Then, we were wrong. Selling of documents (by workers of the party) should stop.

“The party will train members of staff in collaboration with IRI, and our workers must be careful against the sale of documents to outsiders.

“The party must now go to the people. We need serious training and we would work with the IRI for the training.”

“The era of ‘automatic tickets, no vacancy’ is over as this is not in our constitution.

“We want to eliminate influence or what is called moneybags. In Kogi, the governor was threatened by other aspirants. There would be no automatic tickets for anybody.”

“We said it clearly that INEC must follow its rules, provide level playing field to all parties. If the commission is playing outside its rule, we will draw the attention of Nigeria to it.

We believe in Nigeria Constitution, we believe in INEC Act, but we want INEC to conduct free and fair election in Kogi and Bayelsa. We want an improvement on the conduct of the last general elections.”

“Our intention is to make our primaries zero expensive, so that nobody will induce anybody. My agenda is to revolutionize the party so that the idea of money bag controlling the party will be eliminated. We want every member to participate in the party activities by paying their dues.

Through this, we can eliminate the class syndrome and bring the party to the people. The party belong to all and should not be in the hands of few money bag. The party must be returned to the people”.

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