From Isaac Ojo and Ifeoma Ejiofor, Nnewi
Ahead the June 26 People’s Democratic Party (PDP) primaries, thirteen governorship aspirants under the platform of the party on Sunday held a closed-door meeting at the residence of the former National Publicity of the PDP, Olisa Metuh in Nnewi, Anambra State and resolved to put an end to money politics.
The host, Metuh who briefed the press after the meeting, said that the aspirants have deliberated and discussed the prayers of Anambra people to see PDP emerging victorious in the November 6 governorship election.
“All the aspirants have resolved to see PDP emerging victorious in the election and we also have an agreement that we will not allow intra party crisis.
“We have resolved to reject monitisation of the polity, none of the aspirants is allowed to spend more than N3000 for consultation and in terms of logistics for primary N30,000 is recommended, ” Barr Metuh said.
He said that the need to de emphasize money politics has become imperative because whoever that wins the election is obligated to take care of Anambra people which may be difficult if so much money is expended on party primary.
Metuh said that the national leadership of PDP and the leaders in the state are aware of the meeting.
He said that thirteen of the sixteen aspirants attended the meeting while the three who were not in attendance excused themselves for being unavoidably absent.
Mr Valentine Ozigbo and Lady Chidi Onyemelukwe who spoke with journalists after the meeting applauded the initiative stressing that it is a welcomed development.
“I believed that female and male aspirants would be treated equally, today’s meeting is about the future of Anambra, before now, politics in the state is all about money, we have now set a standard, ” Lady Onyemelukwe said.
Mr Ozigbo: “This is how we roll now, no bickering, no name calling, this is the way to go. What aspirants should be telling Anambra people is what they have in stock. That is what Valentine Ozigbo stands for.
Some of the aspirants who made it to the meeting include; Mr Valentine Ozigbo, Lady Chidi Onyemelukwe, Hon Chuma Nzeribe, Dr Obiora Okonkwo, Mr Ifedi Okwenna, Sen. Ugochukwu Uba, Barr Emeka Etiaba,
Others are Sen. Uche Ekwunife, Mr Walter Okeke, Hon Chris Azubogu, Winston Udeh and Mrs Genevieve Ekwechi.