One of the newly registered parties, the Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM) which is barely one week old, has run into troubled political waters as its zonal leaders on Friday, dissociated themselves from the registration.
A communiqué made public at the end of a meeting of PDM leaders in Abuja stated that the movement was not supposed to be registered as a party.
Faulting the secrecy behind the move that led to the registration of the party by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), PDM national leader, Senator Abubakar Mahdi, who presided over the meeting, said the real PDM members were not privy to the political party registered by certain interests.
They insisted that members of PDM would continue to act as a pressure group within the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The communiqué they made public at the end of the meeting in Abuja was signed by eight leaders of the PDM, including Senator Abubakar Mahdi (Chairman), Senator Ifeanyi Araraume (South-East leader), Alhaji Abdullahi Abdulkadir Mohammed (North-West leader), Chief Ejiofor Onyia (South-South leader), Kabiru Bawa (North-East), Dr Bala Ahmed Tafida (North Central leader), Alhaji Shuaib Oyedokun (South-West), Alhaji Shuaibu Abdullahi and Chief Oluponnle Ebo.
The communiqué read in part: “An expanded meeting of the PDM (movement not party) was called on 22nd day of August, 2013 by the Chairman, Senator Abubakar Mahdi, to brief members on the registration of the movement as a political party.
“In attendance were the secretary; Chief Dubem Onyia, Director of Finance, Shuaib Abdullahi and Zonal leaders of the movement.
“In their reaction the zonal leaders observed with dismay the way and manner in which PDM was secretly converted into a political party against the original vision of its founding fathers.”
“A situation where Founding Fathers, National Caucus, Zonal Leaders and State Management Committees were not consulted is unacceptable.
“The Zonal Leaders therefore, resolved that they are also not part of the registered party as they remain members of PDM as a pressure group within PDP.
“They wish to further reassure PDM members across the country that the vision of the founding fathers should not and would not be compromised without consultation and their consent.”