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Ayanya Pledges to Return PDP to Rivers Govt House

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IMAGE: Major Lancelot Ayanya, From Rivers State »


Barely 24 hours after the declaration by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) not to extend the sale of its nomination forms beyond October 30, several governorship aspirants of the party on Thursday rushed to the national secretariat to purchase their nomination forms.

Among the early callers to pick the nomination form was Major Lancelot Ayanya (rtd.) from the PDP in Rivers State.

Ayanya, who stormed the party’s national secretariat with his supporters, pledged to rescue the state from the hands of the All Progressives Congress (APC), stating that it was an aberration for a PDP state to be associated with the APC.

“I am on a rescue mission. There must be orderliness in our political life and part of that orderliness is that Rivers State should be returned to where it rightly belongs and that is the PDP.

“I am here to correct this abnormality. The state outside the PDP is an abnormality. I am in the race to restore the lost glory of the state. I see myself as a political missionary to bring change and improve the standard of living of the great people of the state,” he said.

According to Ayanya who disclosed that he enlisted into the Nigerian Army at the age of 16 for the purpose of service, said he would ensure that the discipline, precision and orderliness associated with the military is brought to bear in governance.

On zoning, he said: “ The framers of the PDP constitution has in mind zoning and rotation to ensure that all interest groups, including the minority, are accommodated and this would not be an exception in Rivers State.

While pledging to run an inclusive government if elected, he insisted that his essence of  seeking to govern was to render qualitative service to the state.

He was supported by Nimi Walton Jack also another governorship aspirant from the state.

Ayanya said the makers of PDP had in mind zoning and rotation to enable the party address issues of equity and fairness. He explained that it was in the overall interest of fairness, sense of accommodation as well as justice for the next governor to come from the riverine area of the state.

Accordingly, he said: “The politics of the state is adjudged on the basis of upland and riverine.”
Also on Thursday, Senator Paulinus Igwe from Ebonyi State described endorsement of candidates by stakeholders as undemocratic.

Igwe, who is the Chairman, Senate Committee on Police Affairs, gave the charge when he submitted his nomination form to vie for the party governorship ticket in his state yesterday in Abuja.

Governors of PDP-controlled states and gubernatorial aspirants had been on a war path over endorsement of candidates ahead of next year’s elections.

Specifically, the immediate past Minister of Health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu, who resigned recently from the Federal Executive Council (FEC) to pursue his political career is also vying for the party’s ticket in the state and is allegedly being tipped to be the PDP standard bearer.

“Anybody can air his opinion, but endorsement is undemocratic, it is not in our constitution. The Electoral Act has no provision for endorsement, I regard endorsement as a selfish idea,” Igwe said.

He said he would not rescind his decision to contest the party primary election slated for November 29 in spite of the aspiration of the former minister.

“I have heard of other aspirants but I don’t know the person,” he said.
Meanwhile, an aspirant from ward I, Ibadan North East local government, Owolabi Babalola also joined the race for Oyo State gubernatorial ticket of the party yesterday.

Other aspirants who stormed the Wadata House office of the party yesterday to pick governorship nomination form are; Hinga Biem (Benue), Nimi Walson-Jack (Rivers) and Oseleye Ojuka (Rivers).

Article Credit: Thisdaylive

Updated 4 Years ago

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