The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Ali Modu Sheriff has said that the era of manipulating delegates’ lists by the party hierarchy to soothe their whims and caprices is over.
Sheriff said this in a communique read at the end of a stakeholders meeting organised for members of the party from Anambra in Enugu on Monday.
He said that the manipulation of delegates’ lists compiled from ward congresses amounted to the subversion of the wishes of the people.
The national chairman said that members of the PDP in Anambra had rightfully accused the national leadership of the party of instigating the crisis in the state.
“They said that the national secretariat had been the problem having been variously accused of substituting names of delegates that emanate from ward congresses.
“I agree that the national headquarters has been the problem. Henceforth, only genuine delegates that emanated from the ward congress will be accepted by the national headquarters,” he said.
Sheriff said that the party would no longer interfere with the delegates’ lists which were used in the election of candidates of the party in general elections.
“Anything done by the people will not be changed by anybody again and the list you bring to us is what we shall use to nominate our candidates,” he said.
He said that the party had had several misfortunes in Anambra, adding that efforts had been put in place to ameliorate them.
He said it was gratifying that members of the party in the state had finally resolved to work together.
“Having observed the misfortune of the party in the state we have moved to set up a reconciliation process to bring the warring factions under one roof.
“The reconciliation committee will be announced as soon as I get back to Abuja and I will start operating your suggestions,” he said.