Followers of the late former Chief of Staff Supreme Headquarters, Major-General Shehu Musa Yarâ€™Adua (rtd), yesterday said they had commenced legal and administrative processes to get the Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM) deregistered as a political party in the country.
The PDM was one of the political parties registered by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) June last year, but some members of the group have been resisting the registration of the group as a political party.
The group said its loyalty remained with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and that it was associates of the former Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar, that registered PDM as a political party, insisting that they remained members of the PDP.
According to a communiquÃ© at the PDM meeting held at the Yarâ€™Adua Centre, â€œboth 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.â€
The communiquÃ© of the PDP members who had affiliation with PDM further said, â€œThat 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.â€
The communiquÃ© said to realise objective of preventing the PDM from being usurped, the group set up a five-member Rapid Response Committee under the Chairmanship of Alhaji Shuaibu Y. Abdullahi, with Dr. Dorncklaimz Enamhe as Secretary and saddled them with the task of going round the country with the aim of bringing back all members of PDM to the association.
The group further stated that following the return of many members who were deceived into the PDM, which was registered as a political party, they resolved to invest considerable energy into the consolidation of the association into the pressure group it is designed to be and help reconcile its members within and outside the association.
Earlier, the Chairman of the group, Senator Abubakar Mahdi, disassociated the followers of Yaradua in the PDM as a political party, saying that it was only the followers of Atiku that formed the PDM as a political party.
According to Mahdi, â€œpermit me to take this opportunity to correct the erroneous impression often created in some sections of the media that the registered PDM comprises all loyalists of the late Tafidan Katsina. Nothing could be farther from the truth.
â€œThe former Vice-President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, had confirmed in the media recently that his associates and aides registered the PDM as a party. It is therefore necessary to state here without any equivocation or fear of contradictions that our organisation is peopled by associates and loyalists of Shehu Yarâ€™Adua, while the registered PDM is a party for Atiku Abubakarâ€™s associates and aides and should be so described henceforth in the media.
â€œWe are here to discuss and take the necessary next step that will clear any air of doubt about our mission and vision as a political association and pressure group. Brothers and sisters, this meeting should not shy away from taking the bull by the horn and dealing with the pirates that registered PDM as apolitical party once and for all. This we should do within the ambit of morality and the law,â€ the leader of the group said.
The meeting was well attended by members of the Executive Committee and States Working Committees including, among others, the first Chairman of the late Major General Shehu Musa Yarâ€™Aduaâ€™s political family, Dr Farouk Abdulazeez, National Chairman of the association, Senator Abubakar Mahdi, former Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Hon. Dubem Onyia, former Minister of State for Defence, Mr. Murtala Shehu Musa Yarâ€™Adua, Chief Onyia Ejiofor and Dr Bala Ahmed Tafida.
The meeting observed a minute silence in memory of all the great Nigerians who lost their lives in the series of Boko Haram attacks on civilian populations in Borno, Yobe, Adamawa, Benue, Nasarawa, Plateau, Kaduna and Zamfara States. It also paid tribute to the victims of the recent Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) recruitment tragedy.