Ahead of the South-west zonal congress of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) holding on Saturday, the zonal leadership of the party has warned those it described as “playing the politics of name-dropping” to desist from such an act.
In a statement in Lagos, issued Tuesday by an ex-officio member of the South-west PDP Caretaker Committee, Mr. Seun Adesanya, the party urged aspirants and other stakeholders “to play issue-based politics, sell their programmes to the delegates and stop the politics of name-dropping. They have done this over the years without any meaningful impact on our lives.”
The zonal leadership of the party said: “It has come to our attention that some of our members have begun to drop the names of our amiable President Goodluck Jonathan and his respectable Chief of Staff, Chief Mike Oghiadomhe in a bid to achieve their selfish agenda. They are saying Mr. President and his Chief of Staff have directed that certain positions in the forthcoming congress be filled by consensus.
“We wish to urge those concerned to desist from such ignoble acts and canvass the delegates. Anything short of this will be counter-productive. We know our President and the Chief of Staff to be gentlemen who belong to the finest breed of politicians. They will not lend themselves to anything that is short of due process. That is why the present administration is credited with embarking on one of the most audacious electoral reforms and credible elections in recent history.
“We respect our amiable president and his chief of staff. We know that their ears resonate with the wishes of the people. We know that they respect the party structures and its constitution. We know that they will not lend themselves to anything that will short-circuit internal democracy. Our people want a free and fair congress. That is why we are calling for a congress where all the aspirants will show their electoral worth and how they can organize and mobilise the people.”
The party, therefore, urged the delegates and other stakeholders not to allow “some drowning politicians who have fed fat on our common heritage, without any meaningful impact on our people, to continue to mortgage the future of our offsprings.”
It recalled how a chieftain of the party sat on over 70 per cent of the gifts that were given to political leaders from the zone during a recent visit to Abuja, adding that “it is only consistent with his character.”
The zonal leadership of the party, however, praised the likes of Chief Ebenezer Babatope, Alhaji Shuaibu Oyedokun, Senator Iyiola Omisore, Alhaji Yekeen Adeojo and Senator Clement Awoyelu, for their active roles in repositioning the party, saying “their doggedness and selfless leadership will make the PDP win the South-west in future elections.”