PDP to elect presidential candidate, others through option A4 – Metuh
By Ben Agande, Abuja.
As part of the reforms by the Peoples Democratic Party to reposition for the next elections, the party Friday said the election of its presidential candidate and others into elective office would be done from the ward level and not at one fell swoop national convention.
National Publicity Secretary of the Party, Olisa Metuh who disclosed this when he received the former chairman of the National Patriotic Party of Ghana, Peter Mac Manu at the party’s national secretariat said the elections would be done through open balloting.
“We intend to elect our presidential candidate starting from Ward level. We are going to apply Option A4 in electing our presidential candidates. It is not going to be restricted to presidential election but others like governorship, senatorial, House of Representatives and all, everybody would be elected from the ward level.
“People would have to queue up behind the candidates of their choice. This proposed amendments have been sent to the state chapters for their inputs in line with our desire to have peoples opinion.
“”We are going to change our system to be that our presidential candidate would be voted for by all party members in the country. It would done at the ward level, we would no longer elect presidential candidate at the national convention. It would now be for every party member to vote for whoever would be our presidential candidate. Whoever would vie for our presidential ticket, would have to tour the entire country before he can be elected. This is part of the reform we are coming up with. Basically, this would be the last convention where we would have people to be elected at the national convention. We are taking the party back to the Nigerian people” he said.
The PDP chieftain who admitted that the party is still learning to accept its position as a party in opposition noted that the party is not used to being in opposition.
Olisah Metuh said the reform being proposed was contained in the recommendation of senator Ike Ekweremadu’s committee recommendation on how to reform and reposition the party which will be presented to members of the party at its forthcoming convention in Portharcourt.