The ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has said that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has no problem with candidates presented by the party at the 2011 general elections against what is being alleged in certain quarters.
Publicity Secretary of the party, Chief Olisa Metuh made the clarification based on reports that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said it will no longer have any dealing with the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party.
“ This report is totally false and is clearly part of the orchestrated media attack on our party, aimed at causing confusion and undermining the psyche of our members. Our investigations revealed that the said report did not in any way emanate from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) or any of its officials. INEC as a law abiding organization could not have reached such a decision as purported. Also we are aware that no INEC official spoke to the media house as claimed in the report. Rather, the report was mischievously planted by unscrupulous elements in a desperate bid to undermine the overwhelming support our party enjoys among Nigerians”, he said.
He explained that there is no anomaly in the election of the members of the NWC adding that INEC had at no time reached a decision not to accept candidates from PDP.
“For the avoidance of doubt, INEC records show that the present NWC is the valid leadership of the party. Against this backdrop, the commission has been having dealings and a general excellent working relationship with the PDP NWC as constituted.Since the inception of the current NWC on the 24th of March 2012, formal communications have been taking place between it and INEC” he stated adding that available records show that the commission has been inviting officials in the present NWC including the National Chairman, Deputy National Chairman, National Secretary and National Organizing Secretary among others for several meetings on various matters.
“Also in all the elections that have taken place over this period, INEC has wholeheartedly fielded all candidates presented by the leadership of the PDP led by Alhaji Dr Bamanga Tukur. It is on record that INEC fielded PDP candidates presented by the present NWC for gubernatorial elections in Edo and Ondo states respectively. INEC also fielded PDP candidates submitted by the NWC for National and State Assembly polls as well as other elections within this period, the most recent being the candidates for Area Councils polls in the Federal Capital Territory”, Metuh explained.
He called on media houses to always cross-check their facts before going to press adding that the PDP remains undaunted in its commitment to the welfare of all citizens in line with the manifesto of the party and the transformation agenda of the President Goodluck Jonathan-led PDP administration.