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PDP is committed to democracy - Metuh

29 April 2014, 15:02

 Abuja - The national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)  said it was committed to instilling democratic tenets in the party.

Olisa Metuh, National Publicity Secretary of the party said  this on Monday in Abuja, while receiving Charles Odedo back to the party's fold.

Odedo, a member of the House of Representatives, had earlier, defected to the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) which later merged with other political parties to form the All Progressives Congress (APC).

"We receive you with open hands and I want to assure you of the openness and commitment of the party`s leadership to true democracy.

"We are going to be very open in this crucial year that is the year of election. The party has decided that we will not have any automatic ticket." Metuh said.

He added that the party’s leadership was happy to have Odedo back to its fold and urged him to continue to support the party and President Goodluck Jonathan.

He stressed that President Jonathan was a humble man with good intentions for the country, though he was being taken for granted by some politicians.

He, however, said he was happy  that the political class  was beginning to understand that the interest of the nation supersedes individual interest irrespective of party affiliation.

The party's spokesman  said that it was a good thing that Nigerians were beginning to reject the APC.

"Just as you have rejected the APC and come to PDP, I want to inform you that responsible and reasonable Nigerians are rejecting APC.

"APC is being rejected in the North, South, East and West the Muslims, Christians and the peoples of Nigeria have rejected APC,’’ he said.

He added that the PDP doors were wide open to receive all, stressing that the party was ready to accommodate all interests.

He charged Odedo to work in collaboration with other party stakeholders in the state and let the people of the state decide his fate, if he has political ambition.

"If you have any ambition, let the people decide. The people will decide whether you are good for them and no matter what it is, the people`s will would prevail.’’

He also said that members of the party in Anambra would not take any excuse if any of the state constituencies was not returned to the party in the 2015 National Assembly election.

"We must win the 11 constituencies and the entire three senatorial seats  in the state.’’ the party spokesman said.

He reiterated the resolve of the party`s national leadership to ensure internal democracy and true democratic party at all level of government.

"We allow the people to choose their leaders in the PDP. You may not have anybody or money, but you can get to any level in our party.’’ Metuh said.

According to him, all a politician needed to get to any level on the PDP ticket is God the father not a political godfather.

Odedo had earlier, implored the political class, irrespective of party affiliation, to appreciate and support President Jonathan in his effort to move Nigeria forward.

He said he was back home to support President Jonathan`s Transformation Agenda.


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