From Aloysius Attah, Onitsha
A Chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party in Anambra State, Chief Joe-Martina Uzodike has counseled the deluge of aspirants seeking the party ticket for the Anambra Governorship election to commence an elimination process in order to trim down their number and avoid waste of resources.
Uzodike who spoke to Daily Sun in Onitsha bemoaned a situation where aspirants ferried over N200 million naira to Abuja for party nomination forms even when they knew that only one person will get the party ticket at the end of the day.
He condemned the desperation of some aspirants in the race noting that any reasonable person seeking elective position in Anambra should be conscious of certain parameters of assessment like zoning and capacity before wasting resources in the race.
He adviced the large number of aspirants to discuss and find ways of reaching a consensus-like arrangement which will help some aspirants with slimmer chances of getting the party ticket to step down and assist a better positioned person to succeed.
He warned that acrimonious primaries, division, disunity and desperation for power at all cost could cost the PDP a better opportunity of taking over the Awka government house and urged all stakeholders and interested parties to jettison selfish interest and work for the party’s success at the polls.
“The aspirants should talk to themselves and commence an elimination process. People should realise that zoning is a reality in Anambra politics whether you like it or not. That was the mantra upon which we went for the last election in the state. It is the ruling party that determines the zoning pattern in a state. Let that mistake not be made . For you to upstage the ruling party, you must not only match the attributes of their candidate but also surpass them” he said.