Ahead of next week Presidential election, the Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM) regrouped and endorsed the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar as its candidate.
The PDM, a poltical group which was formed under the leadership of late Gen. Shehu Musa Yar’Adua on August 2nd, 1987 made the declaration in a communique issued after a one-day meeting at the Yar’adua centre, Abuja Friday.
The communiqué was jointly signed by Hon. Dubem Onyia (South East), Chief Bode Ajewole (South West), Chief Ejiofor Onyia (South South), Dr. Bala Ahmed Tafida (North Central), Alhaji Kabir Bawa (North East), Barr. Fatima Abba (North West), and Dapo Sarumi (Chairman).
It stated that, with the 2019 presidential election exactly a week away, it has become imperative, as founding members of the Yar’Adua Political Family to lend its voice to the conversations around the epochal electoral contest.
According to the communique, the group called on all actors in the electoral process to ensure that peace ensues before, during and after the elections. And urged the security operatives to be impartial and to focus on their main mandate of preserving and protecting the lives and property.
It reads: “That after a careful observation of the socio-economic situation in the country, we have come to the inevitable conclusion of endorsing the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), former Vice President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar as our consensus candidate.
“That we demand of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) complies strictly with the provisions of the relevant laws in its conduct of the upcoming series of elections.
“That election monitor groups and other watchdog agencies in the conduct of the election must conduct themselves above board and ensure a hitch-free election in February 16 and on March 2, 2019.
“To this end therefore, we will continue to mobilise support for the PDP candidate, Atiku Abubakar and we as well urge all Nigerians to look at the condition of the country today in relation to the economy, unemployment, foreign affairs and other sectors and vote overwhelmingly for Atiku to get Nigeria working again.”