Lagos - The Rivers State chapter of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) has disowned a group calling itself the Rivers Mainstream Coalition.
The party said Rivers Mainstream Coalition was not known to the PDP and was not one of the groups that had been collaborating and supporting the PDP in the State.
The clarification, according to the PDP, became essential following attempts by the Rivers Mainstream Coalition to "drag the name of the PDP into its extremely wicked and malicious activities."
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"The party notes with very strong dismay, the use of the PDP logo by the group in a publication in (name withheld) without authorization, describing it as illegal and criminal," stated the party.
"We hereby state that the publication under reference was done in bad taste and designed to cause confusion in the PDP and also to undermine the authority of the party in the State, by arrogating the rights to summon and screen PDP governorship aspirants to itself, which is the primary responsibility of the PDP."
PDP said given the seriousness the party attached to membership cohesion and respect for order, it had commenced investigations to ascertain if Chief Bekinbo Sobrekon and Prof Israel Owate, who jointly signed the publication, were members of the PDP in Asari Toru Local Government Area and Eleme Local Government Area respectively.
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"If the findings show that they are members of the Party, we will take appropriate actions by invoking the relevant provisions of the Party Constitution to address this rascality," PDP stated.
The party warned members especially those who want to contest elections in 2015 to be on their guard and disassociate themselves from those who did not wish the party well or followed the rules.
- CAJ News