Abuja - The ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has warned various political groups against involving officials of the party in their events until the conclusion of its primary elections.
The order was contained in a statement issued by the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Olisa Metuh, in Abuja.
“The leadership of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has noted the activities of various political groups in support of some individuals ahead of the 2015 general elections."
"Whilst we recognize the inalienable right of citizens under the 1999 Constitution (as amended) to freely associate and publicly express their support for persons of their choice, we however wish to restate in the strongest possible terms that no official of the PDP at any level should for any reason whatsoever be involved in such events until after the primaries,” Metuh stated.
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He added that all support groups struggling for legitimacy, supremacy or recognition should henceforth desist from trying to actualize such by using names of officials of the PDP.
“The PDP issues this as a last warning to all such groups and will not hesitate to take strict measures against any further infraction on its integrity and that of its officials" Metuh stated.
"For the avoidance of doubt, the leadership of the PDP recognizes that party officials as unbiased umpires have a sacred duty to observe the dictates of internal democracy and as such remain neutral until the emergence of candidates through our primaries in line with the provisions of the PDP constitution.”
According to Metuh, the PDP national leadership wished to state that while it had absolutely nothing against the activities and programmes of such groups, officials and administrators of the party should not be involved in any way until after the primaries.
- CAJ News