Tuesday, 9 May 2017

PDP is still one, bigger and stronger—Spokesman

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By Okechukwu Onuegbu

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) loyal to Sen Ali Modu Sheriff has assured that there is no division in the party setting off the process for registration of a new political association by splinter groups and dissidents.

It also accused a faction of the party led by Ahmed Markafi Caretaker Committee, which is reportedly nursing plan to merge with a new political party, as military apologists and nomadic political activists with no genuine political credential looking for a political window to position themselves for economic settlement or advantage.

According to release signed by spokesman of the faction, Hon. Bernard Mikko, and made available to news48hrs.com, those aiming to join the about to be registered political group are dissidents working for their selfish reasons.

“In so far as the freedom of association is guaranteed under our constitution, Nigerians are becoming more enlightened to know and identify these principal actors that had used the democratic mantra to undermine our unity and national development. These people only believe that democratic norms are better served when they alone are in charge.

“We wish to call on Nigerians that the biggest challenge to our unity and national development is not the proliferation of mushroom political gang ups, but a stronger commitment to an increasing democratic ethos. Those parading themselves as PDP stalwarts or stakeholders itching to form new political associations are in fact military apologists and nomadic political activists with no genuine political credential looking for a political window to position themselves for economic settlement or advantage.

“An inquiry into the background of these people will show that they are the same people that superintended over the affairs of the PDP with impunity for over a decade and are responsible for the problems which they now claim to have a cure.

“We therefore call on all PDP faithful to remain resolute as the leadership of our party is committed to eliminating all forms of lawlessness and impunity perpetrated by this gang members who are now trying to confuse our teeming supporters. If these dissidents are confused, we appeal to our members not to pay any meaningful attention to them or also get confused.

“The tap root of our party, the Peoples Democratic Party is at the grassroots, the wards and not in the hotel lobbies in the metropolis. These dissidents can not in one breath pursue a course of litigation at the apex court and also fail to align themselves with basic democratic principles by trying to use loud voice to cover up weak points to justify their actions. They are frustrated because they have failed to manipulate the political process to generate their desired selfish result or advantage.

“We hereby assure PDP loyalists, members and committed stakeholders to remain resolute as the National Chairman, Sen Ali Modu Sheriff is already succeeding in bringing the party to the glorious days that gave hope and confidence to the electorate and ensured our electoral success for sixteen years.”



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