Stella Oduah, one of the Peoples Democratic Partyâ€™s (PDP) governorship aspirants in Anambra, said sheÂ withdrew from the partyâ€™s primary election on Monday because candidates were imposed on the party.
The lawmaker made this known in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Monday.
She described the development as unacceptable, particularly for a party that was just trying to get its footing after undergoing a major leadership crisis.
She said party members that were not part of the struggle during the crisis period were suddenlyÂ imposed on the party members.
â€œThere must be incentive for loyalty. Party loyalists must have a say.
â€œWhen you deny their participation, you deny them that incentive they get from being the torchbearers of the party. So, i think itâ€™s morally wrong for this to happen.
â€œSecondly, we are just coming out from `godfatherismâ€™ that pervades the politics of Anambra PDP.
â€œThank God for court judgment but with what is happening, they are bringing us back to that era where we will be subjected to one man imposing a candidate on us.
â€œThe fundamental process that led to the three-man delegates was so chaotic and the default was so fundamental.
â€œMy people were disenfranchised and i donâ€™t want to be part of that process because it is injustice.
â€œWhen you have imposition, you have blocked that hope for them.
â€œYou have made it difficult and impossible for them to aspire to be anything within the party because you are telling them that you can bring somebody from anywhere to impose on them.
â€œAlso, bringing somebody from outside the party and who has not stayed for long, it means that you are saying that you lack capacity within party members.
â€œBut i donâ€™t think we lack capacity, i think PDP has enough capacity to run for that election,â€™â€™ she said.