By Ahmed Abubakar
The former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abba Gana, has charged the 6,521 Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) across the country to avail themselves with the maximum use of the social media to reply attacks by the opposition.
Speaking yesterday at PDP organised Councillors Forum involving PDP councillors from the North-Central zone of the country, Abba Gana who is the grand patron of PDP National Councillors’ Forum, noted that PDP councillors account for nearly 70 per cent of all councillors in Nigeria, comprising 6,521 members.
He described PDP as a truly grassroots based political party, and called on the councillors to promote the party’s candidates on social media.
The Director, Contact and Mobilisation, PDP campaign organisation, Jerry Gana, whose office organised the conference, said the objective was to mobilise and train the councillors as PDP mobilisation agents.
Describing them as image makers of the party, Gana told them to avoid the use of abusive languages, but to present President Goodluck Jonathan as good product who has delivered on his campaign promises.
He listed the achievements of the President on the areas of respect to human rights, infrastructure development, agriculture, education, water resources, health and the power sector.
“Don’t waste your time abusing people, don’t waste your time creating trouble, you have a good product to sell. You are very powerful people because you are closer to the grassroots”, Gana told them.
The Deputy Director General of PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation, Tunde Adeniran, who represented the Director General of the Campaign Organisation, Ahmadu Ali, at the occasion said the need to use the councillors for the mobilisation of the people was because they occupy the most strategic position among politically elected people.
“We know that you are very strategic, we know that you are very influential and we know that you are very popular among the people.
“We are launching you to win your units, win your wards, win your friends and relations and then translate that to your local government area”, Adeniran charged them.
He implored them to work like the elections are for tomorrow, adding, “When you go out as ambassadors, you are the eyes of the President and the PDP”.