Abuja – PDP Restart Project, a group in the PDP, has called on stakeholders of the party to follow due process in the election of the next national chairman.
Mr Emmanuel Nwosu, National Coordinator of the group, made the call on Wednesday at a news conference in Abuja.
He said the call was necessary to make Nigerians take the party serious again.
He said the tenure of Mr Uche Secondus the acting national chairman would expire at the end of August.
“In a few days time, the tenure of the present acting national chairman of our party will be over,’’ Nwosu said.
He called on the North-East Zone to which the position of the party’s national chairman is zoned, to present the best candidate in terms of character and appeal.
“A candidate with character; a candidate with the appeal that Nigerians will see and know that this is a rebranded PDP member,’’ he said.
Nwosu said the group had no preferred candidate among the about 20 candidates from the North-East who had indicated interest to contest for the position.
He said: “we have a governing party (APC) that echoes the mantra of transparency and fight against corruption.
“We (PDP) need a national chairman that will have the appeal that is needed at this point in time which is credibility and strong character.
“A man that will have the goodwill that Nigerians will rely on to give the PDP another chance at governance.’’
The coordinator recalled that the PDP lost the 2015 general elections because of lack of internal democracy and imposition of candidates.
“If PDP gets it right and present a credible opposition to the APC, I can tell you that Nigerians will expect good governance; it is going to help the country.
“One thing we have learnt in our party is that it is good to allow for free and fair conduct of party primaries,’’ he said.
Nwosu appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari not to be selective in his war against corruption.
He, however, admitted that the war should start with the PDP, having been in power for 16 years.
“But if you tell me that it is only PDP members that are corrupt, you will be telling me that the desert is full of ocean,’’ he said. (NAN)