The PDP spokesperson dissociated the party from the march.
The ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, appears to be in a state of confusion over a proposed 20 million-man march being organised by some of its members as part of a mobilisation drive towards the 2015 elections.
While the Chairman, Bamanga Tukur, appears favourably disposed to the organisation of the march, some members of the party’s National Working Committee are opposed to it.
The group planning the march had written to Mr. Tukur on August 22, seeking his approval for the march.
Mr. Tukur, through his political adviser, Abubakar Gada, wrote on September 18, to the group’s coordinator, Obi Aguocha, acknowledging the receipt of the letter.
Mr. Gada conveyed the approval of Mr. Tukur for the convocation of the march, saying, “The National Chairman of the Party, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur has acknowledged the receipt of your letter, and he has also directed me to convey his approval of your proposal of a National Solidarity march as presented.”
However, spokesperson of PDP, Olisa Metuh, issued a statement on Monday denying knowledge of the march.
“In response to several inquiries from members of the party across the globe, we wish to state categorically that the PDP at the national level is not involved in any programme aimed at assembling that number of people in Abuja or any other part of Nigeria,” Mr. Metuh said.
He added that no organ of the party at whatever level had the mandate of the national secretariat to engage in any such activity and that the party had no connection whatsoever with the group planning it.
Mr. Metuh advised all persons or groups wishing to involve the PDP in any activity to seek the approval of the appropriate organs of the party at various levels.
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