The National chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr Adamu Mu’azu, has called for unity as the party prepares to conduct free, fair credible primaries ahead of 2015 general elections.
Speaking at the weekly meeting of the national working committee (NWC) of the party in Abuja on Wednesday, Mu’azu said, “We should be united to conduct free, fair and credible primaries, as that would enable the party to win elections”.
The NWC also surprised the PDP chairman by celebrating his 59th birthday and taking turns to shower encomiums on him.
Mu’azu also debunked reports that he intended to gag the press.
In a statement by his senior assistant on ICT, Akin Oyegoke, the PDP national chairman said he was reacting to what he called “yet another misleading article” in one of the online media on June 9, 2014 in which it reported that Mu’azu said “he will not tolerate any negative report from the media when he resumes office”.
But the statement said: “We wish to state that the national chairman of the PDP, during his chat with the press corps covering the PDP, spoke on various issues affecting the party and the nation and gave a roadmap to reposition the party as is visible today in the current positive developments in the PDP”.
He also hailed the contributions of the Nigerian press and denied ever making such a comment against it.
“The chairman clearly understands the constitutional role of the media as it is well spelt out and will always work to protect it, especially knowing the contribution of the press to the emergence of the present democratic institution in Nigeria.
“We therefore wish to urge the media to abide by all ethics and privileges of the press in their reportage, and to continue to remain an unbiased umpire, show transparency, neutrality and above all remember that democracy is the only vehicle to actualize the freedom that we all enjoy today”, the statement said.