Crisis Rocks Newly Registered Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM)
Just few days ago, Abusidiqu.com brought you a report pointing to indications that the registration of the Peoples Democratic Movement, PDM, a political movement turned political party with links to former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar may have been an idea of some men in the political camps of President Jonathan and Atiku Abubakar to weaken the presence of the All Progressives Congress, APC in the northern region, which is one of its strongholds.
Although Atiku last stressed that he had no hands in the registration of the party and that he remained a member of the PDP, recent development within the new party may just have given some credence to that report.
Barely one week of the Independent National Electoral Commission registered the Peoples Democratic Movement, the process of which surprisingly lasted for a total 8 days, some key members of the movement, now a political party has kicked against its registration as a political party.
FORMER Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Shuaib Oyedokun, ex- Minister of State, Foreign Affairs, Chief Dubem Onyia, Senator Ifeanyi Ararume and zonal leaders of Peoples Democratic Movement, PDM all of whom we revealed as the faces of the PDP in another report said they remained members of PDM as a pressure group within the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP and not as a political party.
Rising from an expanded meeting held on Thursday in Abuja, the leaders and stakeholders of PDM under the chairmanship of Senator Abubakar Mahdi stressed that they were dismayed with the way and manner in which the Movement was secretly converted into a political party against the original vision of its founding fathers.
The position of the leaders of PDM was contained in a communiqué signed and issued at the end of the meeting by eight leaders, namely Senator Abubakar Mahdi (Chairman), Senator Ifeanyi Araraume (South-East leader), Alhaji Abdullahi Abdulkadir Mohammed (North-West leader), Chief Ejiofor Onyia (South/South leader), Kabiru Bawa (North-East), Dr. Bala Ahmed Tafida (North Central leader), Alhaji Shuaib Oyedokun, Alhaji Shuaibu Abdullahi and Chief Oluponnle Ebo.
The communiqué reads,
“ An expanded meeting of the PDM (movement not party) was called on 22nd day of August, 2013 by the Chairman, Senator Abubakar Mahdi to brief members on the registration of the movement as a political party.
“In attendance were the secretary Chief Dubem Onyia, Director of Finance, Shuaib Abdullahi and Zonal Leaders of the movement.
“In their reaction, the Zonal Leaders observed with dismay the way and manner in which PDM was secretly converted into a political party against the original vision of its founding fathers.
“A situation where founding fathers, National Caucus, Zonal Leaders and State Management Committees were not consulted is unacceptable.
“The Zonal leaders therefore, resolved that they are also not part of the registered party as they remain members of PDM as a pressure group within PDP.
“They wish to further reassure PDM members across the country that the vision of the founding fathers should not and would not be compromised without consultation and their consent.”
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