The protem chairman of the Peoples Democratic Movement, PDM, Ogun State chapter, Tobi Gbadamosi, has debunked speculations that a former Nigerian Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, was sponsoring the party and a member of it.
Mr. Gbadamosi stated this during an interactive session with journalists at the party’s headquarters, Silver Dot Place, Federal Housing Estate, Olomore, Abeokuta.
He also announced that the party would hold its congresses between August 30 and September 3, with nomination forms for governorship aspirants made available a few days after.
He explained that the congresses would cover the wards (August 30), local governments (September 1) and state (September 3).
Mr. Gbadamosi denounced critics of the party who referred to it as “unknown,” explaining that the party gave birth to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and has continued to exist since its formation and registration in August 15, 2013, with a certificate to back its authenticity.
He expressed optimism that the party would make serious impact in Ogun State at the 2015 general election.
“PDM was registered on August 15, 2013 and we got our certificate as an authentic party. As of today, the party is registered with offices in all the states of the federation. And let me also use this opportunity to tell the whole world that Atiku Abubakar has nothing to do with PDM. There is no PDM register in Nigeria where you will find Atiku’s name. Atiku did not give us money for anything. I’m saying this authoritatively,” Mr. Gbadamosi said.
He said the party was strictly following the legacy of its founder, the late Musa Yaradua. He stated that there was no room for “godfatherism” in the party and assured that all members were being treated equally.
He also said the party was not ready to go into merger with any other opposition party, except those that are ready to forfeit their certificates of registration and fuse into the PDM.
“We don’t have it in mind to form alliance with any party; no such plan. PDM is autonomous, we are going to contest all offices in the state,” he said.
The party also faulted zoning arrangements introduced by some political parties, arguing that the zoning system was an abuse of the rights of the individual.
He described zoning as one of the factors negatively affecting Nigeria.
Other chieftains of the party in attendance at the session included Adeola Adeife, Interim Secretary; Muhammed Adeyemi, Interim Ogun West Chairman; Biodun Adewunmi; and Olu Adeola among other stakeholders.