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National chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Sen Ali Modu Sheriff yesterday declared that PDP stalwarts or stakeholders itching to form new political associations are military apologists and nomadic political activists who have no genuine political credentials.
He noted that such members of their party were at the helm of affairs in PDP when impunity held sway.
In the face of the raging leadership crisis, it was gathered that most PDP leaders are poised to form a new party if the Sen Ahmed Makarfi-led faction loses the been accused of nursing plans to
Former deputy speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Emeka Ihedioha, was alleged to have said should Sheriff win at the apex court, there exists an alternative platform, where they will move into enmass.
But Sheriff, in a statement signed by the PDP spokesman, Hon. Bernard Mikko, said that there is no division or schism in the party to set off “the process for the registration of a new political association by splinter groups and dissidents.”
The statement said the party was reacting to media reports that a perceived division in PDP had set off the process for the registration of a new political association by splinter groups and dissidents.
The statement read “In so far as the freedom of association is guaranteed under our constitution, Nigerians are becoming more enlightened to know and identify these principal actors that had used the democratic mantra to undermine our unity and national development. These people only believe that democratic norms are better served when they alone are in charge.
“We wish to call on Nigerians that the biggest challenge to our unity and national development is not the proliferation of mushroom political gang ups, but a stronger commitment to an increasing democratic ethos. Those parading themselves as PDP stalwarts or stakeholders itching to form new political associations are in fact military apologists and nomadic political activists with no genuine political credential looking for a political window to position themselves for economic settlement or advantage. An inquiry into the background of these people will show that they are the same people that superintended over the affairs of the PDP with impunity for over a decade and are responsible for the problems which they now claim to have a cure.
“We therefore call on all PDP faithful to remain resolute as the leadership of our party is committed to eliminating all forms of lawlessness and impunity perpetrated by this gang members who are now trying to confuse our teeming supporters. If these dissidents are confused, we appeal to our members not to pay any meaningful attention to them or also get confused. The tap root of our party, the Peoples Democratic Party is at the grassroots, the wards and not in the hotel lobbies in the metropolis.
“These dissidents can not in one breath pursue a course of litigation at the apex court and also fail to align themselves with basic democratic principles by trying to use loud voice to cover up weak points to justify their actions. They are frustrated because they have failed to manipulate the political process to generate their desired selfish result or advantage.”