TEDDY KUYELA, Lusaka
PATRIOTIC Front (PF) Kasama Central Member of Parliament Geoffrey Mwamba has declared his intention to be adopted as a presidential candidate on the ruling party ticket at the proposed extraordinary general conference.
And Mr Mwamba has appealed to the PF Central Committee to call for a general conference at which the partyâ€™s candidate will be elected.
Speaking at a press briefing in Lusaka yesterday when he announced his presidential bid, Mr Mwamba said if elected, he will build on the legacy of late President Sata of improving the living standards of people.
He also said if elected, he will work hard and ensure that his government invests in the Zambian people, especially the poor, as the productive and creative core of the economy.
â€œIÂ Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba, today the November 17, 2014 wish to declare my interest in the upcoming nominations for the PF president and presidential candidate for the forth-coming presidential election,â€ Mr Mwamba said.
He also said he will fully support the candidate who will be adopted in case he does not come out a preferred candidate.
Mr Mwamba further called for peace and unity in the ruling PF ahead of the forth-coming presidential poll.
He said all peace loving members of the party should put aside their political differences and concentrate on building the PF so that it can win the presidential election again.
â€œAs we direct our thoughts and efforts towards the selection of leadership for our party, let us all remember that we are all on the same side and that we all wish to serve our country to the best of our abilities,â€ Mr Mwamba said.
On calls for the PF to go for a general conference, Mr Mwamba said the candidate should be adopted through a general conference so that he or she can have a mandate from the grass roots from across the country.
Mr Mwamba said all unsuccessful competitors should be gracious enough and rally behind the partyâ€™s choice from the general conference, in the true spirit of brotherhood and with the passion and conviction that saw the party forming government in 2011.
TEDDY KUYELA, Lusaka