Senator Stella Oduah representing Anambra North has said her party the opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had not learnt from its past mistakes.
She said that some of those traits, especially imposition of candidates on members in utter disobedience to internal democracy tenets, were recorded in the party’s recent governorship primary election in Anambra.
She said that those in charge of the primary imposed a candidate on the members and disenfranchised other aspirants and delegates.
Oduah said that she had petitioned the party’s leadership on the issue but was yet to receive a response.
“I am still waiting for the party to address the concerns and the issues that I raised.
“The issues essentially boil down to the fact that the party’s Constitution clearly states how primary elections should be conducted.
“It stated the stages the exercise should go through and for each stage, it spelt out a check, and that check is to address the grievances that may come as a result of the process.
“Mine was very clear; I raised alert on the defects I noted. I wrote, complaining and insisted that failure to address those concerns, I wasn’t going to be part of that process,” .
She said that it would have been illegal and unjust for her to be part of the process to the end.
According to Oduah, it is like knowing that a hole is somewhere then you are blindly walking into it.
“Anything unjust is totally unacceptable for me, and that is where we are now, waiting for the party to address those concerns,” .
“If you have done something that made it impossible for people to exercise their rights, you disenfranchise them in the process and had a resultant effect, and you repeat it, obviously you haven’t learnt your lessons.
“I wish the party will revisit and address all the concerns.
“This is necessary because when people are aggrieved and you are not concerned about those grievances, you are saying two things: `go to hell’ and “there is nothing you can do about it,”.
On PDP’s chances in 2019, she said that as a party faithful, “we will win, but the party has to quickly address the current trend”.