National Confab, Waste Of Time, Resources – PDM

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Akin Akande, Abuja

The Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM), has described the on-going discussion on national conference as a contradicting contraption, diversion of scarce resources and a sheer waste of time.

The party, however, agreed to participate to ensure the exercise was not used to divide Nigerians along ethnic, sectional and religious lines.

The party stated its position in a  communiqué issued on Tuesday by its Media Advisor to the National Chairman, Mr. Alaba Yusuf, after the Party’s NEC Meeting held on Monday.

It further added that it would partake to push crucial issues of good governance, national security, corruption, qualitative education, employment and affordable public health to the front-burner of the national conference.

President Goodluck Jonathan recently inaugurated a panel headed by Senator Femi Okurounmu to organise a national conference, a move that has generated different reactions from major stakeholders.

The Party also urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), to start putting in place modalities to facilitate the right to vote for Nigerians abroad and the use of electronic voting at future elections.

“Our position at PDM is to stand shoulder to shoulder with the common man and all patriotic Nigerians to ensure equity, honesty, transparency, development, security and unity of our country,” the party said.

“PDM has made it a top priority in its manifesto, amongst others, to advocate for and realise the right to vote for the over 20 million Nigerians in the Diaspora.

We are therefore calling on INEC and the National Assembly to create the enabling laws that will open the political space for all eligible Nigerians, regardless of where they reside, to vote for leaders of their choice. The issue of electronic voting within the shortest time is also dear to our party, in order to have free and fair elections,” the communiqué read in part.

The party, however, said that it had slated its party congresses and convention for January next year, adding that it would also commence its manual registration of members before the end of the year.