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Don't Involve Party Officials, PDP Tells Support Groups

Source: thewillnigeria.com
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SAN FRANCISCO, September 14, (THEWILL) - The leadership of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has noted the various political rallies in support of some individuals ahead of the 2015 general elections.

A statement issued Sunday by the party's National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, said; 'Whilst we recognise the inalienable right of citizens under the 1999 Constitution (as amended) to freely associate and publicly express their support for persons of their choice, we however wish to restate in the strongest possible terms that no official of the PDP at any level should for any reason whatsoever be involved in such events until after the primaries.'

The party also said: 'In this regard, all support groups struggling for legitimacy, supremacy or recognition should henceforth desist from trying to actualise such by using names of officials of the PDP.

'The PDP issues this as a last warning to all support groups and will not hesitate to take strict measures against any further infraction on its integrity and that of its officials.'

The statement said: 'For the avoidance of doubt, the leadership of the PDP recognises that party officials as unbiased umpires have a sacred duty to observe the dictates of internal democracy and as such remain neutral until the emergence of candidates through our primaries in line with the provisions of the PDP constitution.'