By Ochiaka Ugwu
PDP National Youth Leader, Hon. SKE Ude-Okoye has debunked the story making the rounds that the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) imposed a whopping N12 million on its form for 2019 elective positions and also barred people below the age of 40 years from running election under its platform.
This was made known in a press statement released in Abuja yesterday by the Youth Leader who said he wouldn’t normally have joined issue with the writer of the article, but coming to the information that the writer is an APC apologist, and knowing that APC triumphs in lies and deceit, it became expedient for him to debunk it.
His words, “I want to state categorically that these claims are lies formulated by the coven of liars known as APC. The PDP NWC/NEC has not released any guideline stating any of the above claims by the writer of that shameful article.
“As a law abiding political party; noted for its strict adherence to the rule-of-law, PDP cannot and couldn’t have released a guideline that contravenes relevant sections of the Electoral Act No. 6 2010 (Amendment) Bill 2017, that was passed into law by the National Assembly.
“It is also noteworthy to state that PDP could not have imposed an age restriction above what is obtained in the not-too-young-to-run bill, which today has been passed into law, taking into cognizance the important fact that it was PDP, through its honourable representative from Lagos, Hon. Tony Nwolu that sponsored and pushed vigorously for the passage of the said bill into law.
“Readers should note also that all the lawmakers that opposed the bill in the hallowed chambers of the National Assembly were from APC. No PDP lawmaker voted against the not-too-young-to-run bill.
“Readers should also recall that young vibrant ministers powered all PDP administrations. PDP Presidents appointed the likes of El Rufai, Ribadu, Soludo, and a host of others when they were still in their prime. Even today, the youngest lawmakers are in PDP” he said.