PDM disowns pro-Jonathan members, supports Buhari

The Peoples Democratic Movement, PDM, has disowned some of its former members who on Monday endorsed the second term bid of President Goodluck Jonathan.

Some aggrieved members of the All Progressives Congress, APC, who defected to the PDM had on Monday addressed a press conference in Akure, the Ondo State capital during which they declared support for Mr. Jonathan.

The president is the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the March 28 presidential election.

The politicians had claimed that APC did not meet their expectation during its last presidential primary hence they defected to the PDP.

They also said they were unhappy with the position the PDM had taken in support of the APC presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari.

However, in a statement by its National Chairman, Bashir Ibrahim, on Monday, the PDM said the members left the party since last June for the APC and could not speak for it.

“We wish to make it categorically clear that members of the group that addressed the press conference in question are not members of PDM,” Mr. Ibrahim said. “They defected from our Party in June last year to pursue their aspiration in APC and are no longer members of our Party. Since they are not card-carrying members of PDM, they do not speak for PDM nor have any basis for doing so.

“While we wish them luck with their new project of supporting President Goodluck Jonathan in the forthcoming election, we call on them to desist from using the name of PDM in this obviously sponsored and commercial misadventure.

“They should find another platform to realise their aspiration since PDM is not for the highest bidder.”

The PDM explained that at its National Executive Committee of January 22, 2015, it unanimously, without any dissension, resolved to support the candidature of Mr. Buhari and that it had not changed that position.

It said, “Our party will stand by that commitment until the end. Our members are already busy canvassing for support for Gen. Buhari across the country and will not be distracted from doing so.

“These political jobbers should please leave PDM out of their Jonathan-for-president misadventure.”

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