Delegates of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP have been charged to reject and resist any form of intimidation.
A frontline governorship aspirant in the party, Senator Samuel Anyanwu gave the charge when he addressed party leaders and delegates at Obowo Local Government Area in continuation of his consultative visit.
The call came amidst allegations of oath taking that rocked the party last month. This was refuted by the State Party Chairman, Charles Ezekwem.
“it is unthinkable that in the 21st century some people could still resort to such despicable approach in their blind quest for power, which only God Almighty can bestow on whomsoever He so wishes” a statement by the party’s Publicity Secretary, Damian Opara stated.
Senator Anyanwu had embarked on a first round of tour to the party where he called on delegates to consider the overall interest of the party in making their choice ans rather focus on a candidate that can compete favourably with candidates of other political parties and deliver the party, and not be coarsed by any individual or group into voting based on parochial interests.
According to a statement by his media aide, Mr. Kelechi Eke, he said there is need for delegates to place emphasis on a candidate that will be able to compete favourably with other candidates from other political parties and not be coarsed by any individual or group into voting based on parochial interests.
The lawmaker who represents Owerri Zone in the Senate was quoted to told the delegates that the era of threats and impunity is over in the PDP, especially now that the party leadership both at the State and National levels have repeatedly reinforced their commitments to a free and credible primaries.
“As far as I am concerned all of us in the governorship race in the party are good and qualified, but I urge you to consider the person with a track record of winning elections, a person that can win the election for the party if given the ticket. This is because everyone in the State is tired of APC and their bad government, and is only looking for the candidate the PDP will present. In a football match if a team is losing a match they will introduce a good striker. Now that our dear party is in opposition in Imo State what we need at this time is a top striker like me” he said.
“I have always insisted that it is your right to choose your candidate, and I cannot force you to vote for me even as the highest elected political leader of our party in the State. “That is why I have come with my team with the permission of your leaders in Obowo to beg you for your votes. This is in the interest of our party, this is in your interest. I am assuring you that if you give me the ticket I have the capacity and goodwill to deliver the party in the general elections, he told the delegates.
He promised restore party supremacy when he assumes office as the Imo State governor, challenging party officers to work hard and make good decisions that will ensure the victory of the party in the general elections as this is the only way they can remain relevant in the scheme of things.