- Cautions support groups for its candidate to abide by its rules
By Lateef Ibrahim, Abuja
As the date for the commencement of campaigns by by political parties and their candidates draw nearer, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has assured that the campaign of its presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar will focus on issues that have direct bearing on the welfare of Nigerians.
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, will on November 18 this year lift the ban on campaign by parties and their candidates.
The National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, while speaking with journalists in Abuja yesterday, emphatically said that PDP and its presidential flag bearer won’t allow themselves to not to be dragged into dirty politics by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Ologbondiyan stressed that the party’s campaign will focus on issues that have direct bearing on the welfare of Nigerians who he said have suffered enough hardship, pain and anguish in the last three and half years.
According to Ologbodiyan, “Our campaign will focus on solutions. The PDP will not allow itself to be dragged down into the marshes of propaganda, smear campaign, lies and deceit of the fading, discredited and rejected APC.
“We will focus on issues of putting our people back to work by creating opportunities for the youths and the over 30 million Nigerians who have lost their means of livelihood because of the harsh economic policies of the Buhari administration.
“The PDP and our Presidential candidate will focus on ensuring security and ending the daily bloodletting in our country. We will focus on how to increase the purchasing power of Nigerians, as well as revamp our economy through strategic intervention in critical sectors, especially, power, food security, road and railway infrastructure, education, energy, health, water provision, and labour issues among others.
“The PDP will proffer direction to reduce cost of governance and release funds for development purposes; cut harsh tariff and tax regimes, eradicate corruption and engender enabling environment for business to thrive in a manner that will strengthen our naira and restore investor-confidence in our economy.
“Our campaign will therefore be strategically centralized and streamlined to ensure effectiveness and responsibility in our messages content, dissemination and general engagement with Nigerians at all levels. In this regard all support groups for our presidential campaign are directed to ensure that their operations and activities are approved and coordinated under the direct supervision of the party.
“Nigerians have suffered enough hardship. Today, they look up to PDP and our candidate for solution and we cannot afford to fail them,” he said.
In a separate statement, the PDP has issued a stern warning to all support groups and volunteers campaigning for its Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, to abide by its rules and regulations in all their activities ahead of the 2019 general elections.
The party gave the warning in a statement yesterday by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan in Abuja.
The party’s caution is predicated on the reported objectionable activities by a group operating as PDP Global Ambassadors World-Wide, who had engaged in soliciting for unauthorized levies and fees for collection of forms for elections into its purported vacant executive positions.
According to the statement, “The PDP hereby alerts Nigerians that the said group do not have the approval of the party to receive fund from anybody or conduct its affairs in such a manner as to be seen as competing with the dictates and operations of the party.
“While we understand that due to the popularity of our candidate, Nigerians are very eager to participate in our campaigns, however, all such participations must be done within the ambit of due process as authorized by the party leadership.
“Finally, the PDP directs all genuine support and volunteer groups interested in participating in our Presidential campaign to register with the party and ensure that all their activities are streamlined under the supervision of the party,” it said.