The State Publicity Secretary of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Akwa Ibom srate, Comrade Ini Ememobong, has in a press release, cleared the air on social media posts making rounds that the PDP has decided to award automatic tickets or right of first refusal to serving Members of the National Assembly.
The Press Release reads:
THE AUTOMATIC TICKET STORY: A GRAND RUSE
The social media space has recently been awash with a story conveying the decision of the National Chairman of our Party, Prince Uche Secondus to award automatic tickets or right of first refusal to serving Members of the National Assembly. Expectedly, the said news item received knocks from both members of the Party and the general citizenry.
In the light of the above stated fact, many persons reached out to me seeking to verify or contradict the story. In line with my statutorily assigned duties, chief among which is the management of the substance and flow of information both within the intra-party space and the general public, I reached out to the National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, who informed me and I verily believe him, that to his knowledge, there was no such promise and that any reliance on such alleged promise will be deeply misleading as all politics is local.
It is worthy of further note that the said misleading news item did not emanate from the office of the National Chairman of the Party or from the National Publicity Secretary, who possess the official channels of communication of the National Leadership of our party, but was rather floated online by a media aide of an intended beneficiary of this wishful thinking.
Furthermore, the import of such automatic ticket will mean that there will be no nomination for candidates seeking election into the National Assembly across the country, except in constituencies where the national Legislator is not a member of our party.
This scenario is certainly not the desire of the national leadership of our party.
It has been our culture, as a responsible political party, since our inception to conduct credible nomination primaries for the purpose of selecting candidates into all offices and nothing exists contemporarily to suggest that the party is intending to negate or deviate from this time tested process of candidate selection.
We therefore appeal to all eligible persons desiring to contest for any position in the forthcoming elections under our great party to continue with their consultations and engagement without the fear of the alleged automatic tickets.
Finally, aspirants should worry more about the extant zoning system in their areas, as this is fundamental to their success. It can be recalled that at the last state caucus meeting, it was agreed that ZONING must be respected in the selection of candidates.
As a party, we assure all our members that our decisions and actions will be guided by the constitution of our party and good faith- this the Prince Uche Secondus led national leadership has exemplified since assumption of office. There is therefore absolutely no cause for alarm.
Comrade Ini Ememobong
State Publicity Secretary