The attention of the National Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has been drawn to reports in the media wherein the PDP was mentioned to have commented on an earlier report credited to Governor Martins Elechi of Ebonyi State on the proposed National Conference.
We wish to clarify unequivocally that the National Working Committe of the PDP never in any manner whatsoever made or authorized any comment on the said report.
The PDP as a well organized democratic institution has duly established channel of external communication which is carried out with the utmost sense of responsibility after due clarifications on issues.
It is therefore wrong and completely unacceptable for anybody to present statements made by individuals who are not members of the National Working Committee of the PDP on the said report as the official position of the party; moreso when such statements were made without due clarifications from the governor
For the avoidance of doubt, the entire National Working Committee restates total commitment and respect to all our elected officials, especially PDP governors who remain strong pillars of the party.
We restate our respect for Governor Elechi who is one of the best governors in the country and one of the leading lights behind the stability and growth of not only the PDP as a party but the institution of democracy in Nigeria generally.
Governor Elechi as a seasoned democrat and statesman played key roles
in the creation of Ebonyi state and displayed famed political sagacity
and grass root appeal as the PDP South East Coordinator in the 2011
It is therefore unacceptable to the National Working Committee for any
person under any guise whatsoever to make comments that in any way
ridicule or seek to ridicule his image and portray him in bad light.
With the clarifications made by Governor Elechi on his remarks on the
National Conference, it is clear to all that the comments on the
statement earlier credited to the governor were uncalled for as he and
the National Working Committee are indeed on the same page in
supporting the proposed National Conference.
The National Working Committee therefore cautions all aides of elected officers at all levels to desist from rushing to make
unnecessary and unprovoked statements that tend to cast aspersions on
our elected officials, especially State Governors who hold the sacred mandate of the people, particularly when there can be clarifications through direct contact with their principals.
All such aides must henceforth guard their actions and utterances and ensure that they do not in anyway undermine the unity and stability of the party.
In the same vein, all unathorized persons must
also desist from making statements in manners that suggest such to be
the official position of the National Working Committee on party
Chief Olisa Metuh
National Publicity Secretary