Obiora Ifoh, Abuja
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) (PDP) has called for a stop to harassment and intimidation of its members by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) led Federal Government.
PDP National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus who spoke yesterday when he played host to members of Board of Trustees (BoT) of the party led by its Chairman, Senator Walid Jibrin, said the arrest and harassment of PDP members by the Federal Governmnet, were getting out of hand.
Secondus who spoke in respect of last week’s interrogation of former President of the Senate, David Mark by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), noted that “there is no where in the world where a former Senate President has been harassed like this before.” Mark was present at the meeting.
Secondus said such intimidation and harrasment would no longer be condoned. ”APC should stop intimidating our leaders; we will no longer take it: enough is enough. They don’t need to attack us, they should fulfil what they promised us. “Enough of this, we are not in a military era. What I am telling them is that God is not sleeping. When the time comes, the people will speak through their votes.
“We handed over freely in 2015 and they should be prepared to handover to us, no amount of intimidation will distract Nigerians,” Secondus said.He also told members of National Working Committee (NWC) members that they were given the task to rebuild and reposition the party with a view to regaining power in 2019.”Rebuilding trust is not an easy task but that is exactly what we have been charged to do by our teeming members across the country and in diaspora.
“When there is a disaster, the work of recovery and rebuilding is usually a long term, but in our case, the disaster of losing power in 2015 is such that we do not need a long period for recovery, more so when the ruling party, APC has shown clearly by its actions that it never came to govern,” he added.He promised to engage the services of team of communication experts, to help reignite and develop an effective strategy that would set the party on the right path.
Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, urged the party leadership to throw the party’s presidential ticket in 2019, open to every interested and qualified aspirant.”Of utmost importance in the build up to 2019 election year is our choice of presidential candidate. The fate and political fortunes of the party depend on the party’s presidential candidate.
“The party must, therefore, identify a candidate with the credentials, reach, charisma, competence, and popularity to outmatch any candidate presented by the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC and any other party for that matter,” Ekweremadu further advised. BoT Chairman, Senator Jibrin, advised the new NWC members to visit all former chairmanship aspirants that lost and their key supporters as a means of peace building process in the party.
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