Patriotic Front (PF) National Chairperson for Elections Emmanuel Mpakata has said all those with presidential ambitions should wait until 2018 as President Edgar Lungu was given a five year mandate.
Mr. Mpakata said this when he addressed Party officials in Ndola on Monday afternoon that next year’s general conference would only elect members of the central committee.
“The party was headed for doom but we stood firm and now those that think 2016 there will be presidential elections for the party I’m sorry, I have to tell you in clear terms that we elected his excellence Edgar Chagwa Lungu as party president for the next five years.
There is a misconception that the President Lungu was only elected up to2016, it is a lie. So those of you that are preparing to come and challenge us at the next general conference you should forget it,” Mr. Mpakata said.
He warned that those going round telling PF members that the party will elect another leader at next year’s general conference were wasting their time.
He further said the general conference will be held next year but that only members of the central committee and other matters that they may dim fit for 2016 will be addressed as the party already has a president.
He observed that had the PF not worked hard, the party would have been the shortest lived party in government in the history of Africa.
“But one unfortunate part is that the people who were fighting President Lungu are not asleep, despite that fact, I want to thank the President for the love he has for his contenders whom he has brought in his government and working with them,” Mr. Mpakata said.