- Says no more imposition of candidates
Ahead of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) congresses and convention, the immediate past Senate President, Senator David Mark, has canvassed strongly for the repositioning of the party if it must return to power in the next general election.
Mark according to a statement signed by his Media Assistant, Paul Mumeh, told party faithful at a stakeholders’ meeting held in his country home, Otukpo, Benue State yesterday that the PDP had electoral misfortunes in the last general election because of imposition of candidates against the wishes of the people.
According to him, “We must come to terms with the reality that the PDP lost the last general election because of over bearing tendencies of some leaders who imposed candidates on the people.
“It is inevitable that we must change from the old ways and allow the will of the people prevail. Unfolding events clearly show that the PDP is the party for the people but we must not take them for granted by forcing unpopular candidates on the people.
“The coast is clear that the PDP has the road map for peace, unity and development of Nigeria. Nigerians now know the difference.”
He therefore counselled that the popular candidates must be put forward to drive the ship of the party ahead of the next general election.
He stressed that the PDP has bright chances of returning to power if all party faithful agree to work together in one accord.
To achieve that, the former senate president stated that people must learn to subject their individual or personal interest for the larger interests of the people.
That way, he believes that victory would be assured, processes rancour free, cheaper and more credible.
In their separate remarks, the state Chairman of the PDP, Dr. Emmanuel Agbo; former Minister of Interior, Abba Moro and elder statesman, General Geofrey Ejiga (rtd) corroborated the views of Mark to as a matter of necessity, reposition the party for good.
The trio were of the opinion that the continued non performance of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) was giving the PDP a clean bill of health to return to power but must avoid the pitfall of imposition of candidates for elections.