THE National Working Committee (NWC) of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday met with governors and senators-elect of the party’s extraction and concluded that the national leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) was planning to exert undue influence and use the judiciary to truncate the nascent democracy.
The PDP top-notch met to review the activities of the party since it lost the presidential election to the APC. The meeting, was presided over by the national chairman, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu and lasted for several hours.
The President of the Senate, David Mark and his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu were however, absent at the meeting.
Senator Philip Aduda, the re-elected senator for the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) explained that he was asked by Mark to represent him at the meeting, adding that the Senate Present led a delegation of select senators to condole with the family of the late Senator Uche Chukwuemerije who passed on on Sunday.
Senator George Thompson Sekibo who read the communique at the end of the meeting alleged that the All Progressives Congress (APC) was planning to use the tribunals to truncate the democratic process through unduly influencing it’s decisions.
Senator Sekibo noted that worried by the development, the PDP caucus expressed “deep concerns at the plans by the APC to make the country a one-party state using crude and underhand, undemocratic practice”.
He added: “That the meeting frowns at the unprecedented level of intimidation, harassment and undue persecution of the party members since the INEC declaration of the APC candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari.
“The meeting vehemently frowns at the shameless undemocratic ways and means being displayed by the outgoing APC lawmakers in Ekiti state towards effecting an unconstitutional change in government,” the communique added.
The party warned that it would not condone “agents of the APC working as fifth columnists to destabilize its leadership” and called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to be forthright and impartial in the handling of the pending supplementary elections in Abia, Imo and Taraba states.
The party commended its presidential candidate, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan for his statesmanly disposition in the sustenance of democracy and peace in the country.
It also congratulated “all the winners on the platform of the PDP in the elections and urge them to discharge their duties and form a formidable opposition that can redirect the fortunes of the country and sustain the gains of the present democratic era led by President Goodluck Jonathan.
Sekibo added: “The meeting stressed the importance of unity, peace and harmony in the party for effectiveness in its new role.
“The meeting commends all members of the party for their unflinching support and belief in the party even in the face of intimidation, pernicious violence and untold harassment.
“The meeting assures all members of the party across the country of adequate protection in the exercise of their democratic franchise always”.
Governors Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom state and Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo of Gombe state were the only PDP governors present at the meeting.