Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan attends the pdp rally, at the Tafawa Balewa Square in Lagos, Nigeria. (Sunday Alamba, AP) ~ Sunday Alamba
Abuja - The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)
on Wednesday said it would not indulge in cheap campaign propaganda ahead of
the February general elections.
The Director-General of the party's Presidential Campaign
Organisation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, said this at a news conference in Abuja.
Kayode, a former Minister of Aviation, re-emphasised that
the party would rather base its campaign on ideas and issues.
He said that ideas and issues were important to Nigerians,
while showcasing its verifiable achievements across the country to the
He said that the party, in the course of its electioneering,
would raise fundamental questions on the personalities of party flag bearers,
especially that of the opposition APC.
Such questions, he said, would bother around past records
and recent utterances of Gen. Muhammad Buhari, the Presidential Candidate of
the APC, and what some of the utterances portended for Nigerians.
Fani-Kayode said that though issues of security and national
development were crucial to political campaigns, the personalities of party
candidates were equally important.
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This, he said, was critical to enable the electorate to have
a better choice of who to vote for at the elections.
"It is also important for the peace and well-being of
"More importantly, we shall let the world know about the
sterling performance of our candidate, President Goodluck Jonathan, over the
last four years.
"We shall make a strong case and appeal to the Nigerian
people to grant him the privilege and opportunity to serve a second term,’’ he
He said that the forthcoming election was a battle for the
sole and destiny of the country, saying that "it is a struggle between light
"President Jonathan represents greater and better
future for Nigerians.
"The campaign of change of the APC has nothing to offer
Nigerians; its presidential candidate could not be trusted with power.
"The fact that the APC opposed the proscription of the
Boko Haram sect by the Federal Government should raise questions.
"No doubt, President Jonathan has done well in
transforming all sectors of the country`s economy and deserves to be
"The PDP represents light, the opposition APC
He described President Jonathan as the most accommodating
and credible candidate to govern the country.
The former minister said that "in spite of acts of
insurgency in the North-East, the PDP-led Federal Government had done a lot to
contain the situation''.
He dismissed allegations of corruption against the Federal
Government by members of the opposition, adding that it was working within the
confines of due process.
He maintained that the Federal Government was doing
everything possible to address the issues of corruption in the country,
contrary to views of the opposition.
"We are doing our very best to fight corruption and to
ensure that Boko Haram is brought to an end in the country.
"This government is not ashamed and has absolutely nothing
to hide, when it comes to managing the nation's resources.
"They need to tidy up their affairs before pointing
accusing fingers at the president and the PDP as a party,’’ he said.
He said it was necessary for Nigerians to join forces with
the Federal Government to fight acts of insurgency in the country and the
He faulted the allegation of corruption charges against him
during his tenure as aviation minister, saying that: "I am clean enough to
represent and speak for the President.’’
He said there was so much achievement to showcase to
Nigerians in the course of the campaign.
The former minister expressed optimism that the PDP would
win the minds of Nigerians to give President Jonathan and other PDP candidates
their votes at the elections.