With electioneering campaigns billed to take off in a couple of months, Abia state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has expressed its desire to ensure that more women were encouraged to seek elective positions in the forthcoming transition process.
State chairman of PDP, Senator Emma Nwaka told newsmen yesterday that the party intend to bring more women into the fold by â€œproviding a level playing fieldâ€ for all contestants irrespective of gender and other considerations.
Presently, only five Abia women are holding elective positions, comprising a senator, two members of House of Representatives and three in the State House of Assembly.
But Nwaka noted that there was need for more women to get involved in active politics and go all the way to vie for elective positions so they could contribute to state and national development.
On the issue of zoning the governorship position in 2015, the party chairman said that no decision has been taken by the party, adding that at the appropriate time the party would make its stand known on the burning issue in Abia politics.
He said that though the state governor has been expressing his desire to see that power shifts to Ukwa/Ngwa bloc, Nwaka noted that the state chief executive would ally himself with the position of the party on the direction the zoning pendulum would swing.
Nwaka also spoke on the issue of giving automatic return tickets to serving lawmakers at the state legislature and National Assembly, saying that he was against such policy and would not support it.
According to him, automatic ticket was antithetical to democracy and the right of the people to checkmate elected leaders who fail to perform well, adding that internal democracy would suffer if automatic tickets were given to everybody