PDM Crisis deepens: Party leadership warns CPC defectors

The party says aggrieved members ought to have exhausted its internal conflict resolution procedures before resorting to media blackmail.

The Peoples Democratic Movement, PDM, has warned members of the defunct Congress for Progressives Change, CPC, not to create a separate identity not known to its (PDM) constitution.

The party said that it did not admit members of any group into its fold in the name of any other political identity.

The aggrieved party members had in a statement last Thursday said since their merger with PDM last October, the National Chairman, Bashir Yusuf, had ensured that they were completely and carefully schemed out of every activities of the party.

The statement signed by the founding national publicity secretary of the defunct CPC, Dennis Aghanya, alleged that the defectors were not considered fit to serve in any committee of the PDM and were never informed on meetings while all programs of the party were all handled with utmost secrecy and shielded from them.

The defectors, who said they already returned their PDM cards, had been mounting pressure on their leader, Rufai Hanga, the founding National Chairman of the CPC, to lead them out of the party.

But in a statement by its spokesperson, Ahmed Abubakar, the PDM asked those identifying themselves as CPC members within the PDM to have a rethink, warning that no one is allowed to cling to any identity to pursue any selfish agenda.

It said, “PDM Members and the general public are advised to take note that there is no CPC group within our Party and any member who identifies himself with any political group other than the Party is committing a grievous offence. No one is allowed to cling to a fictional and imaginary identity to pursue their selfish agenda inside our Party as genuine PDM members have no divided loyalty and carry only one membership Card.

“For the avoidance of doubt, PDM has never received any member or group of members into its fold in the name of CPC or in the name of any other political identity by whatever name called.

“We do not recognize any group identity within our Party other than our own. Those identifying themselves as CPC members within PDM are advised to do a rethink as, by assuming such an identity, they have, by implication and according to our laws, renounced their PDM
membership.”

The PDM contended that some of the issues raised in the statements by the group were subjects of ongoing investigation within the party.

It stated that it was an offence for any party member to make public comments on any matter under investigation as doing so could amount to undermining the investigation and was an abuse of process and the rule of law.

The opposition party said the Disciplinary Committee conducting the investigation on the issues had not submitted its report and that any member with outstanding issues is free to approach the Committee for discussion instead of resorting to media blackmail.

The PDM stressed that it was an offence for any of its members to carry any grievances they had into the public domain without exhausting its internal conflict resolution procedures and without following internal avenues for redress.

It added that its members who were expressing grievances through public statements are therefore advised, in their own best interest, to take advantage of the internal avenues for redress or face disciplinary proceedings if they fail to desist.

The PDM also pleaded with journalists to help nurture the nation’s democracy by helping build institutions and upholding the sanctity of process, instead of helping individuals to promote questionable, even dubious, agenda which undermine the institutions and processes upon
which our democracy depends.

It said, “Our democracy can only grow and flourish if institutions are respected and due process is upheld. It is only strong institutions, not strong individuals, who hold the key to the success of our democracy.

“Any individual who feels or conduct himself or herself as if they are above our institutions and our laws should be isolated and sanctioned, not promoted, as the media appears to be doing in this particular case.”


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