National Chairman of the Peoples Democatic Party (PDP), Dr. Okwesilieze Nwodo has again assured members of the party aspiring to contest for any elective position in the forthcoming general election in 2011 that the field would be level for them.
Dr. Nwodo, who reiterated this during a recent interview with a London-based television station, Benty, said under his watch any member of the party aspiring to run for any election is assured that he or she would enjoy level playing ground.
A statement issued yesterday in Abuja by the National Chairman’s Media Assistant, Ike Abonyi said Dr. Nwodo said, “the era of people sitting down somewhere in the name of Godfathers and God mothers to determine who flies the flag of the party is gone for good”.
Nwodo, the statement continued, also said the party would ensure that anybody who is to be the flag bearer of the party would not only have gone through the rest of the people, such person must scale through the integrity test of the party.
“Without internal democracy in the parties, our democracy cannot grow, and that is exactly what I intend to pursue to a logical concusion”. According to Dr. Nwodo, who was in Londo to attend a two-day conference on 50 years of Nieria and also meet with the leadership of the party in the United Kingdom.
On the contentious zoning being debated across the country, Dr. Nwodo said that the part intends to revisit it with a view to carrying everybody along since it has been operated in breach in the past.
He said the part previously had zoning arrangement which was never fully followed by some aspirants, saying there is need to revisit it to have something that everybody would agree with.
The chairman continued that the position of the party o the zoning will be made public before the party picks its Presidential candidate.
Nwodo, who parried questions on President Goodluck Jonathan’s presidential aspiration emphasised that “What I am assuring every member of the party is that internal democracy will take place under any watch”.
Justus Awaji, Abuja
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Bode George Urges FG To Relax Lagos Lockdown
A former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olabode George has urged federal government to relax the lockdown it imposed on Lagos State as a result of COVID- 19 pandemic.
George, who made the call in a statement in Lagos, yesterday said the lockdown imposed since March 29 was adversely affecting livelihoods and bringing up security challenges.
He said though government intended to curb the spread of the virus with the lockdown, the directive had left many Nigerians hungry at home without palliatives.
The PDP chieftain noted that there must be a balance between curbing the spread of the virus and protecting livelihoods and asked the government to relax the lockdown while putting safety measures in place.
“Everywhere in Lagos is now locked down. The markets, banking halls, the local grocery shops, the supermarkets, the transportation services are all halted, frozen by the federal government directives since March 29.
“On the surface level, the federal government’s position is to ensure safety, prevent communal spread of the virus and banish this scourge from our shores.
“Lagosians have been staying at home for about a month now. In a largely informal economy where most of our people depend on daily wages, the burden of lack of income is devastating.
“There is a natural growing anger in Lagos as the most vulnerable are ravaged with hunger,” George said.
Prince Charles, Kagame, Others Condole Buhari Over Loss Of Kyari
Prince Charles has condoled with President Muhammadu Buhari, the government and people of Nigeria over the death of Abba Kyari, the former Chief of Staff to the President.
According to a statement by Malam Garba Shehu, the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, in Abuja, last Wednesday, Prince Charles described the death of Mallam Kyari was “a desperately sad news”.
Prince Charles regretted that the death of Kyari had occurred through “this pernicious virus…I can only begin to imagine what an immense gap Mr. Kyari’s untimely death will leave in Your Excellency’s life and my heart goes to you and Mr Kyari’s family”.
In a message through the Embassy of Rwanda in Abuja, President Paul Kagame, the government and people of Rwanda extended their heart-felt condolences to the Nigerian leader.
Kagame used the opportunity “to express solidarity to the government and people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as we are faced with the Covid-19 global crisis”.
The former Vice president, Architect Namadi Sambo in his own message to the President, described the death of Abba Kyari as a “monumental national loss”.
In his condolence message to the president, an industry leader and businessman, Abdulsamad Rabi’u said he was deeply saddened by what he described as “this colossal loss”.
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