Report By Will Sam
As the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP congress appeal panels round off their hearings and reports, another crisis capable of scuttling the chances of the party in the forthcoming elections has engulfed the party. Our source gathered that a few days ago, President Jonathan met with National Assembly PDP caucus on the need to manage the internal wrangling of last Saturday delegates' congress and promised to give 40 automatic tickets to incumbent Senators across the states.
The decision which was reached after long hours of meeting which was attended by National Chairman of PDP, Alhaji Adamu Muazu, BOT Chairman Chief Tony Anenih, Senate President, David Mark and top chieftains of the party is now counter-productive as leading senatorial aspirants and party loyalists have vowed to challenge the party's decision at the court of law or move en masse with their supporters to other political parties. Speaking under condition of anonymity, a chieftain of PDP in Cross River said:
"Our party, PDP, has a valid constitution but our leaders are missing it, by making moves that are contrary to the party's ideals. The decision to adopt two incumbent senators in my state for instance is undemocratic. Let them give every aspirant a level playing ground and play the game by the rule". " The same goes for other states, well, if they insist on maintaining their decision, good luck to them. However, we will be left with no other option than to move to another party that believes in internal democracy". A party leader in Enugu State said, "Just a week ago,the party made a u turn to sell presidential nomination forms to any aspiring presidential candidate as against the initial position that President Jonathan is the adopted and sole presidential candidate of the party.
The new decision is a result of a suit by a presidential aspirant of the PDP who was denied presidential nomination forms despite making the statutory payments. "I know the party will reverse the decision on the automatic tickets for most of the incumbent senators. All these are inconsistent decisions, which are not good for the party's image". a party member said.
All efforts to reach PDP National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisah Metuh, proved abortive as his phones were switched off.