QUOTE PDM com­mences move to with­draw party’s cer­tifi­cate

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - By Andrew Agbese

The Peo­ples Demo­cratic Move­ment (PDM) yes­ter­day be­gan the process of dereg­is­ter­ing the po­lit­i­cal party reg­is­tered un­der its name as it re­solved to en­sure the with­drawal of the cer­tifi­cate given to the as­so­ci­a­tion to func­tion as a po­lit­i­cal party.

The move­ment also vowed to re­claim its mem­bers lost in the aftermath of the reg­is­tra­tion of PDM as a po­lit­i­cal party by set­ting up a com­mit­tee to go round the coun­try with a view to woo­ing back those that have left its fold.

A group within the move­ment led by Al­haji Bashir Yusuf Ibrahim, last year, used the name of the move­ment to seek reg­is­tra­tion as a po­lit­i­cal party, caus­ing a ma­jor rift within the move­ment.

Ris­ing from a meet­ing of its ex­ec­u­tive and state work­ing com­mit­tee, the move­ment re­solved that fol­low­ing the re­turn of many mem­bers from the PDM party, the rec­on­cil­i­a­tion of mem­bers within and out­side the as­so­ci­a­tion should be given pri­or­ity at­ten­tion.

“That to re­al­ize the above, the meet­ing re­solved to set up and did set up a five-mem­ber Rapid Re­sponse Com­mit­tee un­der the chair­man­ship of Al­haji Shuaibu Y. Ab­dul­lahi with Dr Dornck­laimz Enamhe as sec­re­tary, sad­dled with the task of go­ing round the coun­try with the aim of bring­ing back all mem­bers of PDM to the as­so­ci­a­tion.

“That the PDM as­so­ci­a­tion is con­vinced that the an­tics of those who sur­rep­ti­tiously reg­is­tered PDM as a po­lit­i­cal party should not be al­lowed to stand, con­sid­er­ing gen­uine ef­forts that are be­ing made to re­form and bol­ster the cred­i­bil­ity of the po­lit­i­cal sys­tem.

“That, con­se­quently, the meet­ing re­solved that both ad­min­is­tra­tive and le­gal pro­cesses should be ini­ti­ated for the de­ter­mi­na­tion of the reg­is­tra­tion of PDM as a po­lit­i­cal party with a view to en­sur­ing the with­drawal of the reg­is­tra­tion cer­tifi­cate,” it stated in the com­mu­nique.

Na­tional chair­man of the PDM, Se­na­tor Abubakar Mahdi, who signed the com­mu­nique said the im­pres­sion be­ing cre­ated in the me­dia that the PDM, which was sur­rep­ti­tiously reg­is­tered as a po­lit­i­cal party be­longs to the loy­al­ists and as­so­ciates of the late Gen­eral Yar’Adua, is mis­chievous and patently wrong.

They called on the lead­er­ship of the PDP to ac­cord more recog­ni­tion to the as­so­ci­a­tion as it continues to act as a bind­ing force in the party.

Those at the meet­ing in­clude for­mer min­is­ter of state for for­eign af­fairs, Dubem Onyiah, Dr. Farouk Ab­du­lazeez, Mur­tala Yar’Adua, Al­haji Shuaibu Ab­dul­lahi, Dr. Bala Tafida and many oth­ers.

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