PDP has not started cam­paign­ing - Dabin

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The Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP) had only been re­ceiv­ing new mem­bers into its fold and not cam­paign­ing for gen­eral elec­tions com­ing up in 2015, the party’s chair­man in Plateau State, Dr Haruna Dabin, has said.

Dabin told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Jos yes­ter­day that this was in con­so­nance with the fact that ``a po­lit­i­cal party is just a so­cial mo­bil­i­sa­tion out­fit.

“PDP can­not start any cam­paigns now be­cause it has no can­di­date for the 2015 elec­tions yet.’’

The rul­ing party had come un­der heavy crit­i­cisms by both the op­po­si­tion and po­lit­i­cal an­a­lysts over its ral­lies in some state cap­i­tals.

NAN re­calls that such ral­lies had taken place in Kano, Enugu, Sokoto, Kaduna, Bauchi, Minna and Ow­erri, among oth­ers.

Dabin held that people were merely con­fus­ing INEC’s po­si­tion on the mat­ter and the statu­tory re­spon­si­bil­ity of po­lit­i­cal par­ties.

“A po­lit­i­cal party is just a so­cial mo­bil­i­sa­tion out­fit; what the PDP has been do­ing lately is to re­ceive new mem­bers into its fold and that does not trans­late into cam­paigns.

“It is not the first time po­lit­i­cal par­ties are re­ceiv­ing new en­trants.

“You re­mem­ber that the APC started it by re­ceiv­ing even gov­er­nors and sen­a­tors that de­fected to their fold. No one ac­cused them of cam­paign­ing.”

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