A major stakeholder and PDP chieftain in the state, Senator Tunde Ogbeha gave this assurance last week in Abuja in an interview with The Graphic against the background of widespread complaints from party faithful that previous primary elections were characterised by flagrant cases of impositions by certain party stalwarts in the state.
“If you are one of those seeking elective offices on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the forthcoming 2015 general elections, be assured that you will get a level playing field to test your strength against opponents at the primary elections of the party”.
Senator Ogbeha posited that one of the selling points of members of the PDP reconciliation committee in their efforts to bring back all aggrieved members of the party was the tacit assurance that the dark era of imposition of candidates now belong to the dustbin of history.
He declared that the state governor, Capt. Idris Wada, is a strong proponent of this new political philosophy, saying that the governor is committed to the provision of a level playing field for all aspirants on the platform of the ruling party.
Senator Ogbeha said those who still believe that it would be business as usual, would be greatly disappointed, saying that political office seekers would not be allowed to gain what he called “undue advantage over their opponents at the party’s primaries in order to instil the spirit of equity, fairness and social justice in the polity’’.
According to him, it was the culture of imposition that usually gave birth to antiparty activities and other vices in the party leading to rancour and crisis of confidence in the party.
He further bared his mind on the raging power struggle in the Kogi West Senatorial district over the controversial issue of zoning arrangement for the seat of senator representing the district, and confirmed that indeed there is existing gentleman agreement that the plum job should be rotated among the Okun people and their brothers in the Lokoja/Kotonkarfe axis.
According to him, it was the late elder statesman, Chief Sunday Awoniyi who midwifed the zoning arrangement in order to insulate the federal constituency from politics of bitterness, saying that it has become imperative for political gladiators to keep these gentlemen arrangement sacrosanct and inviolable in the interest of peaceful co-existence of the good people of the senatorial district.
His words: “I can categorically confirm that such gentleman agreement exists because I was a direct beneficiary of the arrangement that made me not to set re-election for third term in the senate’’, he declared.
In view of this backdrop, Senator Ogbeha called for caution, stressing that major stakeholders should shun the pursuit of personal greed and inordinate ambition.
Source – Graphic Newspaper