Leadership (Abuja)

16 February 2008

Nigeria: PDP Youth Forum Adopts Anyim

Abuja — Rising from an extraordinary stakeholders' meeting in Abuja, the Peoples Democratic Party Youth Forum, has adopted the candidacy of Senator Anyim Pius Anyim as the PDP's chairman in the party's scheduled national convention scheduled to hold March 8.

In a communiqué made available to newsmen in Abuja and signed by Ahmed Isan (national coordinator) and six others, the group said Anyim's candidacy was adopted after its careful scrutiny of all the contenders for the seat.

The forum said Anyim possessed the best credentials to steer the affairs of the party after Senator Ahmadu Ali's exit, saying the party needed a man of proven integrity, and as such, would be holding a rally to show solidarity and support for Senator Anyim on Saturday, 23rd February 2008.

"The choice of Senator Anyim is borne out of the fact that the PDP requires a leader of proven integrity who can harmonise the multifarious interest groups and move them in a planned direction. Anyim demonstrated this exceptional quality as president of Nigeria's Senate, being able to bring about decorum, maturity and focus into the apex legislative chamber of the National Assembly," the forum said.

The stakeholders' meeting, which saw the group delve into the state of the nation, called on President Yar'Adua to declare a state of emergency on the power sector, just as it applauded the president for his respect for the rule of law and democratic norms, which will entrench human rights and accelerate the dynamics of the nation's socio-economic advancement.

Decrying the increasing spate of political assassination in the country, the organ frowned at the menace, describing the trend as unethical, barbaric and despicable.

It however, commended the judiciary for its efforts at ensuring justice, especially against the background of cancelled elections.

"We commend the various electoral petitions tribunals and courts of law for the nullification of some election results and the restoration of some stolen mandates across the nation in spite of the fact that some of our members are affected.

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