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