- …urges members to unite ahead of 2015 elections
By Lawrence Olaoye
National Chairman of the Peoples DemocraticParty (PDP), Alh. Adamu Mu’azu, has denied the report that he warned newsman against carrying negative reports of the activities of the party at his inaugural meeting with journalists sometimes ago.
Mu’azu in a statement signed by his Special Assistant (ICT), Akin Oyegoke, stated “The attention of the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Ahmadu Adamu Mu’azu is once again drawn to yet another misleading article in one of the online media, Sahara Reporters, on the 9th of June 2014 in which it reported that Adamu Mu’azu has said “he will not tolerate any negative report from the media when he resumed office.
“We wish to state that the National Chairman of the PDP during his chat with the press corps covering the PDP spoke on various issues affecting the party and the nation and gave a roadmap to reposition the party as is visible today in the current positive developments in the PDP. He also applauded the contribution of the Nigerian press in their reportage and at no time admonished members of the media as was captioned in the said article.
“The Chairman clearly understands the constitutional role of the media as it is well spelt out and will always work to protect it especially knowing the contribution of the press to the emergence of the present democratic institution in Nigeria.
“We therefore wish to urge the media to abide by all ethics and privileges of the press in their reportage and continue to remain an unbiased umpire, show transparency, neutrality and above all remember that democracy is the only vehicle to actualize the freedom that we all enjoy today, there is no alternative to democracy,” he said.
In a related development, the PDP National Chairman has urged party members to unite to conduct free, fair credible primaries ahead of 2015 general elections.
Speaking at the weekly meeting of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party, Mu’azu said “We should be united to conduct free, fair and credible primaries as that would enable the party win elections”.
The NWC also celebrated Mu’azu on his 59th birthday, taking turns to pay glowing tribute to him.