PDP releases 2019 Presidential ‘take-over’ strategy

By Amako Nneji March 8, 2016 09:23

PDP releases 2019 Presidential ‘take-over’ strategy

The opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in a communiqué issued at the end of its 69th National Executive Committee, NEC, Meeting on Monday, March 7, released strategy on how it would take over power in 2019.

This was made known in a statement jointly signed by the party chairman, Ali Modu Sheriff and the party’s National Secretary, Adewale Oladipo, respectively.

The ratification and adoption of this strategy has unsettled the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.

This strategy is coming barely three weeks after the party’s chairman during the Supreme Court judgement thanksgiving session in Abia state, vowed to send President Muhammad Buhari packing come 2019.

At the PDP National Secretariat in Abuja, the NEC deliberated on critical issues as they relate to the party and the nation, and resolved as follows.

A. Party Congresses and National Convention;
1. NEC approved the time-table for the party’s Congresses and National Convention. Congresses commence on Saturday, April 23, 2016 and culminate in the National Convention on Saturday, May 21, 2016.

2. NEC approved the party’s Guidelines for congresses and the National Convention. National Convention holds in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

3. NEC after exhaustive deliberations approved the extension of the tenure of office of all organs of the party at all levels until the conduct of Congresses and National Convention. This is however with the exception of Edo and Ondo States.

4. NEC approved the setting up of four special committees in preparation for the National Convention. They are National Convention committee, Reconciliation Committee, Zoning committee and Finance Committee.

B. Erosion of Fundamental Human Rights and Harassment of Opposition In Nigeria.

1. NEC considered the erosion of fundamental human rights and constitutionally guaranteed personal liberty of Nigeria, especially key leaders of the PDP by the APC-led Federal Government and resolved as follows:

2. Condemned the incessant harassment, maltreatment and unlawful incarceration of PDP leaders at various levels by Government controlled law enforcement and prosecution agencies.

3. Condemned the Friday, March 4, 2016 invasion and raiding of Ekiti State House of Assembly and subsequent arrest and continued detention of four PDP members of the House by the Directorate of state Services (DSS) on trumped-up charges.

4. Demanded the immediate and unconditional release of the four PDP members of the Ekiti House of Assembly by the DSS.

5. Resolved to stand in solidarity with all Nigerians whose fundamental rights as citizens are being infringed upon by the Federal Government.

6. Called on the international community and all civil rights organizations world wide to take note of the denial of fundamental human rights, abuse of liberties and freedom of individuals; and the rapid descent of Nigeria into totalitarianism.

7. NEC also condoled with the families of its 18 members who were brutally murdered in Ogoni land in Rivers state as well as with the Federal Government and the Government of Kogi State over the unfortunate death of the late Minister of state for Labour, Barr. James Ocholi, and resolved to send a high-powered delegation to condole with his family.

8. NEC in session also congratulated all its members who won in their rerun elections, including former Senate President, Senator David Mark.