The national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has reiterated its commitment to issue-based campaign devoid of statements capable of inflaming passions and overheating the system.
PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, in a statement on Sunday, said this position stemmed from the Party’s “irrevocable stand on the unity and stability of the nation as well as to protect its fragile democracy and ensure that a conducive atmosphere is maintained for national development and well-being of all citizens in keeping with its manifesto and visions of the founding fathers
“As a highly responsible and foremost democratic political organization in the country founded on strong ideological background and principle of social justice, commanding the largest following in the country, we cannot afford to allow a drift to politics of propaganda, insults and incendiary statements that threaten our democracy and corporate existence as a nation.
“Our national interest and welfare of our citizens irrespective of religious, ethnic and political affiliations remain paramount in our overall agenda and must be upheld at all times.
“We must therefore strive to bring down the tension in the land by redirecting the nation’s political discourse to productive issues that reinforce our unity, promote understanding and peaceful co-existence, creating the enabling environment not only for peaceful general elections in 2015 but also for the overall survival of our democracy and stability of our dear nation.
“Nigerians deserve better from the political class. The 2015 general elections must therefore be based on performance, political ideology as well as manifestoes and agenda for national development and not on propaganda, accusations and counter accusations that heat up the system, divide our citizens and erode our values as a people.
“Consequently, the PDP leadership has directed all officials and members of the party at all levels to continue to focus on the numerous visible achievements of PDP-led administrations at the federal, state and local government levels, the successes recorded through the meticulous implementation of the Transformation Agenda of the present administration and the well-thought out road map for the future, for which a majority of Nigerians have continued to express confidence in the PDP”.
While assuring that it will leave no stone unturned to ensure the continued delivery on its mandate, the party charged all its elected and appointed officers to continue in the prudent management of resources for the benefit of the people.