The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said that it will require its presidential aspirants to sign a bond prior to the primary elections scheduled to take place on the 6th of October.
The bond will be a commitment by the aspirants to honor the outcome of the primaries as well as a pledge of support to the candidate who wins.
The PDP’s National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, stated that the decision to have aspirants sign a bond was one of the resolutions by the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) at its meeting last week.
“This week, all the Presidential aspirants will sign a bond not only to accept the outcome of the process but also to support whoever emerges winner of the ticket,” he said.
Ologbondiyan also stated that the PDP NEC has resolved to “conduct a free, fair, credible and acceptable convention.”
Why this matters
There has been some rumblings among a few aspirants who worry that the convention is working towards a predetermined conclusion in favor of one of them. The situation came to a head when some aspirants rejected Port Harcourt as the venue for the covention, a move which angered the Rivers governor, Nyesom Wike.
For now, that matter has been resolved, with Port Harcourt retaining its hosting rights. However the party is worried that if things do not go the way of some of the cabdidates, they could reject the process. With just four months to the polls, an upheaval of that sort could be fatal for the PDP’s chances.
We should point out though, that a bond may not make much of a difference if some candidates get desperate or the process isn’t fair. Recently, some aspirants on the platforms of lesser known parties came together under a platform called Presidential Aspirants Coming Together (PACT). They resolved to back any one of them who comes out on top of an internal election. Fela Durotoye emerged winner of their votes but several of the aspirants, including Kingsley Moghalu of the YPP, reneged on their commitment and refused to abide by the decision.
So the bottom line for the PDP is: Conduct your primaries, make sure it is credible, and hope to God that your aspirants remain committed.