Abuja - The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has alleged intimidation, harassment and undue persecution of the party members since the conclusion of the Presidential election.
All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Muhammadu Buhari, won the election held on March 28/29.
The allegations of abuse were made in a communiqué issued at the end of the inaugural meeting of the party National Working Committee (NWC), Governors and Senators-Elect on the platform of the party at National Secretariat, Abuja.
The communiqué, which was read on behalf of the meeting by Senator George Thompson Sekibo, also frowned at the “shameless undemocratic ways” and means being displayed by the outgoing APC lawmakers in Ekiti State towards effecting an unconstitutional change in government.
It warned that APC was planning to use the tribunals and Salamic arrangements to truncate and subvert the freely given mandate by the people in the states and constituencies.
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The party expressed deep concerns at the plans by the APC to make the country a one-party state using crude and underhand, undemocratic practice and thus reverse the gains of the PDP led administration.
It congratulated all the winners on the platform of the PDP in the elections and urged them to discharge their duties and form a formidable opposition that could redirect the fortunes of the country and sustain the gains of the present democratic era led by President Goodluck Jonathan.
The party also stressed the importance of unity, peace and harmony in the party for effectiveness in its new role and warned that it will not condone agents of APC working as “fifth columnists” to destabilize the leadership of the party.
It commended President Goodluck Jonathan for his statesmanlike disposition in the sustenance of democracy and peace in the country and also commended all members of the party for their unflinching support and belief in the party even in the face of intimidation, pernicious violence and untold harassment.
The party assures all members of the party across the country of adequate protection in the exercise of their democratic franchise always.