Ahead of the 2019 elections, the Peoples Democratic Party in Akwa Ibom State has said its candidates will emerge through Congresses.
The party stated this while insisting that candidates would emerge from a “free, fair and credible nomination congresses”.
Ini Ememobong, the State Publicity Secretary stated this while reacting to claims by some candidates that they are the most prefered.
In a statement he issued on Tuesday, Ememobong assured that the state arm of the party had no preferred candidate.
The party said its decision ”Follows reports from aspirants, delegates and party members of some aspirants who have made the focal point of their campaign the announcement that they are the preferred candidates of the governor or state party chairman, for the offices they are seeking”.
Ememobong stressed that neither the State Governor, Udom Emmanuel, nor Obong Paul Ekpo, the state party chairman, had any, “preferred candidates”.
The party spokesperson noted that the need to allow candidates to emerge from “congresses was in line with the strategic report implementation framework where party leaders and administrators had committed to the full entrenchment of internal democracy. Any attempt to jeopardize that commitment will lead to an unpleasant exhumation of the carcass of vices long exorcised and buried.
“When the time is ripe, various caucuses of the party will, as tradition demands, attempt to facilitate a ‘consensus ad idem’ among the contestants and where that fails, indirect primaries will be the obvious recourse.”
Ememobong said the idea to attempt consensus where necessary or applicable, “must be voluntary not coercive, deliberative not handed down and most importantly, must represent the wishes of majority of the people of the constituencies, aligning with the extant zoning principle there”.