Don’t impose candidates on members | David Mark warns PDP

Former Senate President, David Mark, on Monday warned the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) against imposing candidates ahead of its national convention.

The warning was given in a statement released to newsmen in Abuja by his media aide, Paul Mumeh.

He said the only way to avoid past mistakes is to allow members of the party choose, rather than impose candidates on them as was done in the 2015 elections.

Mark attributed the defeat of the PDP in the last general election to self-inflicted injuries due to imposition of candidates and the impunity of some of its leaders.

“If we must uphold the sanctity of democratic culture, we must follow the path of honour like the Democrats and Republicans in the U. S. A. or follow the examples of the Labour Party or the Conservatives in the UK.

“These are politicians who hold on tenaciously to their political ideologies no matter the odds,” he said.

The former senate president vowed to remain in the PDP no matter the challenges, as it had offered him the platform to contest and win elections since 1999.

He urged party faithful to work hard to overcome current challenges and offer credible opposition.

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