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No faction in our party, says PDM

Some PDM NEC members after their meeting in Abuja, where the party’s national leadership was dissolved

By Emmanuel Mogbede

The Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM) has said that it is not factionalised as it is been speculated in some quarters.

Mr Maidukiya Abubakar, National Publicity Secretary of the party`s National Caretaker Committee made this known in a statement issued in Abuja on Monday.

The statement was in reaction to the recent dissolution of the party`s national executive officers led by Alh. Bashir Ibrahim.

According to Abubakar, a total number of 51 out of the 59 National Executive Committee (NEC) members of the party met in Abuja on Nov. 24 and endorsed the removal of the party’s national leadership.

“The endorsement and dissolution took place in the presence of all the national principal officers, except the former National Chairman, Ibrahim, and the former Deputy National Chairman, Titi Ajanaku,’’ he said.

He, however, said they both failed to honour their invitations to the NEC meeting.

Abubakar, added that there was nothing that indicated crisis in the party going by the number of NEC members that endorsed the dissolution of the national officers.

The dissolution he said was followed by the setting up of a 15-man caretaker committee to oversee its affairs and plan a national convention where new executive members would be elected.

He said that while it was true that a 15-man caretaker committee had been inaugurated, it was however, not true that the action was taken by a faction of the party.

Abubakar maintained that since inception in 2013, the PDM had been operating as a united party, adding that the dissolution of its national executive officers, does not imply that it had been factionalised.

He urged Nigerians with good intention to develop the country, to join hands with the party to achieve the Nigeria every citizen would be proud of.

He, however, stressed that the party`s funding comes from its members and associates contrary to claims by its sacked former national chairman that he funded the party.

“PDM as a party that preaches equity and good governance is tired of having men of questionable characters to pilot its affairs,’’ the statement quoted Abubakar as saying.

He reiterated that the party`s NEC’s decision to petition the office of the Inspector General of Police to commence investigation into the conduct of its former National Chairman for acts of misconduct.

According to him, the chairman`s era was characterised by mistrust and misapplication of party funds which was what President Muhammadu Buhari was fighting against.