24 August 2013

Nigeria: PDM in Further Crisis Over Registration

The Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM) has been thrown into deeper crisis as the zonal leaders of the movement have disowned the new party bearing the name of the movement.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), registered the movement as a political party last week with, Alhaji Bashir Yusuf Ibrahim as its interim national chairman.

The group in a communique released yesterday from its expanded meeting which held in Abuja ,said they remained members of PDM as a pressure group within the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The movement under the chairmanship of Senator Abubakar Mahdi said it was dismayed with the manner the movement was secretly converted into a political party against the original vision of its founding fathers.

In a communiqué issued and signed at the end of the meeting by eight leaders, namely Senator Abubakar Mahdi (Chairman), Senator Ifeanyi Araraume (Southeast leader), Alhaji Abdullahi Abdulkadir Mohammed (Northwest leader), Chief Ejiofor Onyia (South/South leader), Kabiru Bawa (Northeast), Dr. Bala Ahmed Tafida (North Central leader), Alhaji Shuaib Oyedokun, Alhaji Shuaibu Abdullahi and Chief Oluponnle Ebo, movement said they were not consulted before some of their members used the name of the movement to apply to INEC for registration.

The communiqué reads in part: "An expanded meeting of the PDM (movement not party) was called on 22nd day of August, 2013 by the Chairman Senator Abubakar Mahdi to brief members on the registration of the movement as a political party.

"In attendance were the secretary; Chief Dubem Onyia, Director of Finance, Shuaib Abdullahi and Zonal Leaders of the movement.

"In their reaction the Zonal Leaders observed with dismay the way and manner in which PDM was secretly converted into a political party against the original vision of its founding fathers.

"A situation where Founding Fathers, National Caucus, Zonal Leaders and State Management Committees were not consulted is unacceptable.

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