By Henry Umoru
ABUJA- NATIONAL Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Adamu Muazu yesterday met with all Zonal National and State Chairmen of the party, urging aggrieved candidates and members to seek redress in court over alleged Manipulations and irregularities which characterised the March 28 and April 11 elections.
Rising from the meeting which took place yesterday in Abuja at the PDP National Secretariat, the PDP however vowed to resist what it termed undue harassments, witch-hunt and any form of intimidation or undemocratic tendencies from the All Progressives Congress, APC aimed at bringing down its members psychologically.
According to the leadership of the party, it would throw its weight behind any one who goes to court against the backdrop that the alleged anomalies witnessed during the elections in some states were to the disadvantage of the PDP, just as it described the defeat of the party’s Presidential candidate, President Goodluck Jonathan by the Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, General Muhammadu Buhari, retd as temporary which will not affect the party.
In a Communiqué issued at the end of the PDP National Working Committee, NWC, National Vice Chairmen and State Chairmen, the PDP cautioned the President- elect against any action or inaction that could threaten the gains of democracy and personal freedom that the party stressed it established in the last 16 years.
The Communiqué which was signed by Amb. Ibrahim Kazaure and Emmanuel Agbo for National Vice Chairmen and State Chairmen respectively reads, “The National Working Committee (NWC), National Vice Chairmen and State Chairmen of the PDP in the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja after a crucial meeting on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at the National Secretariat Abuja resolved as follows:
“The meeting notes the outcome of the 2015 general elections and accordingly resolves not to allow the temporary setback affect the party’s contributions to the democratic development of the country.
“The meeting notes and appreciates the patriotic stand taken by President Goodluck Jonathan after the elections as another milestone in the party’s contributions to peace, stability and progress of the nation.
“The meeting however decries the widespread anomalies and irregularities that characterized the March 28 and April 11, 2015 elections in most states to the disadvantage of the PDP and resolve to give full backing to the various pursuits of redress in this regard within the ambit of the law and tenets of democracy.
“The meeting directs all PDP candidates who believe that they were shortchanged to channel their reports through their state chairmen.
“The meeting also resolved to resist undue harassments, witch-hunt and any form of intimidation or undemocratic tendencies from the opposition aimed at bringing down our members psychologically.
” The meeting notes the subterranean moves by the APC to undermine the structures of the PDP across the country with the sinister motive of imposing a one-party state in the polity.
“The meeting strongly cautions the APC and their leader, General Muhammadu Buhari against any action or inaction that could threaten or erode the gains of democracy and personal freedom that have been established by the PDP government in the last 16 years.
” The meeting resolved to galvanize the structures of the party and give full support to PDP candidates in the supplementary governorship elections in Abia, Taraba and Imo states as well as resist any undemocratic plot to manipulate the process against our party.
“The meeting charges INEC and others stakeholders involved in the supplementary elections to be forthright, transparent and ensure that the will of the people in the affected states are not in any way subverted.
“The meeting resolves to give all necessary support to the national leadership of the party under the chairmanship of Ahmadu Adamu Mu’azu to enable them re-engineer and rebrand the party for the task of regaining power by 2019.
“In view of the above, the meeting charges all members of the party to continue to work harmoniously with their leaders at all levels especially at this critical time, while channeling any grievances to the appropriate organs in line with the provisions of the party’s constitution
” The meeting condemns in its entirety the attitude of fair-weather and unprincipled members who are rushing to the APC. It notes that such members are saboteurs and moles who worked against the PDP in the general election.
” The meeting salutes the courage and faith of committed and dedicated members even in the face of the setbacks and intimidations and assured them of adequate protection of their inalienable rights as citizens in a democracy.
“The meeting accordingly resolves to set up special committees on the repositioning of the party.”
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