By Lawrence Olaoye and Umar Puma
Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM) yesterday disowned a group within its ranks parading itself as the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) members, declaring that the party is one indivisible entity.
The party in a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Ahmed Rufai Abubakar, warned those party members stoking the fire of division within the party to exercise restraints as continuing may earn them sanctions from the PDM’s leadership.
The statement read “Our attention has been drawn to press statements issued by a CPC group last week in which false and disparaging remarks were made against our Party and its leadership. It is not in our tradition to join issues in public with Party Members but this has become an exception because it is common knowledge CPC, the group identity under which the statements were issued, had long seized to exist. The group which issued the statements is, therefore, unknown to law and unknown to Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM).”
While alerting the public that there was no COC in PDM, the party warned that it would not tolerate a situation where some of its members would clin to fictional identity in order to further their personal ambition.
The statement read “For the avoidance of doubt, PDM has never received any member or group of members into its fold in the name of CPC or in the name of any other political identity by whatever name called. We do not recognize any group identity within our party other than our own. Those identifying themselves as CPC members within PDM are advised to do a rethink as, by assuming such an identity, they have, by implication and according to our laws, renounced their PDM membership.”
The party said most of the issues raised by those who claimed to be COC in PDM has been brought to the notice of the party’s executive and being handled even as it warned all members to exhaust all devices within the party before externalizing their grievances.
The party also called on the media not to make itself available to mischief makers pleading that the fourth estate of he realm should rather help in building institutions rather than individuals for democracy to thrive in the country.