Ekiti PDP vows not to participate in Jonathan’s South-West rally
The Ekiti State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said it will not partake in a proposed rally for President Goodluck Jonathan, scheduled for Ibadan, Oyo State, because the organizers of the said rally lacked the mandate to do so.
The party in a statement by its state Publicity Secretary, Pastor Kola Oluwawole, in Ado-Ekiti on Thursday, said the planned rally/meeting does not have the blessing of the leadership of the party in the South-West geo-political zone.
According to the statement, “we are calling on the leaders and members of our party in Ekiti State to shun the particular rally slated by the organisers for tomorrow, Saturday August 23, in Ibadan.
“We, the entire leaders and members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti State, hereby declare that we are totally and unreservedly committed to the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan and his second term agenda because of his outstanding performance.
“However, we are dissociating ourselves from the so-called proposed meeting/rally in support of President Jonathan’s second term ambition as announced by the coordinator of Transformation Ambassador of Nigeria (TAN), Mr. Ifeanyi Uba, former Labour Party governorship candidate in Anambra during the last Anambra governorship poll and the CEO of Capital Oil.
“Our reason being that the planned meeting/ rally has not received the consent or blessing of leaders of the PDP in South-West,” the party said.
The state chapter of the PDP informed that it was opting out of the event because the planners and their collaborators only wanted to use the opportunity to secure cheap political gain.
It wondered why such an important event would be planned without appropriately holding consultations with the party leaders in the zone. As such the party submitted thus:
“Therefore, we leaders and members of our great party have resolved to collaborate with leaders of our party in the South-West to organize a befitting rally and to heavily mobilize the entire members of PDP in Ekiti State to the venue of the programme which will equally attract all important leaders and members of PDP in the South-West to pledge their support for the re-election of our dear President. The date of the rally and venue would be announced soon.”
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