PDP National Chairman, Bamanga Tukur
Abia State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has urged the national leadership of the party to give it free hand to determine those to be admitted to the party, saying that throwing the door open to all comers would destabilise the party.
The state Chairman of the party, Senator Emma Nwaka, made the request in his address at the weekend, during an expanded state caucus meeting of the party, which was attended by the governor, members of the national and state assemblies as well as appointed political office holders.
Nwaka said having built an unprecedented united front, the party leadership has been “very careful in our assessment of those we open our doors to” in order to guard against admitting people with the potential of making trouble and causing division in the party.
“We will therefore always insist that the higher authorities of our party should allow us at all times to make eh decision as to who to admit into our fold,” he said, adding “to do otherwise may rupture the peace we enjoy and by extension, jeopardise our ability to deliver.”
According to him, Abia PDP is not only united but has become the beautiful bride of Abia politics thereby enjoying an influx of people seeking for membership of the party, adding that Governor Theodore Orji has become the “selling point” of Abia PDP because of his sterling performance.
In his address, Orji warned the party members against complacency in order not to give the opposition any room to take over the state, adding that the caucus meeting has afforded the party opportunity to access “our strength and weaknesses.”
He refuted the insinuations that he had anointed a successor, saying what was uppermost in his mind now was the completion of his legacy projects that he embarked upon to change the face of the state and place the state on a sure footing for development.
Earlier in his address, Senator Ike Nwachukwu, had said it was a nice feeling that Abia PDP had become a united family, noting that the former governor of the state, Chief Orji Uzor Kalu, “was the architect of all the woes that befell our party.”
Nwachukwu recalled that the new found unity was responsible for the sweeping victory Abia PDP recorded in the 2011 general elections but he warned that “except we keep our house in order and truly entrench internal democracy we should not expect to record the same 100 percent success in future elections.”