February 12, 2015 – The Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) has called on opposition parties to engage in campaigns devoid of lies, propaganda and incendiary statements ahead of the March 28 presidential election.
Chairman of PDP, Alhaji Adamu Muazu made the remarks while speaking at a press conference in Abuja. He said it is not true that the postponement of the election was to give PDP advantage over other political parties.
“Rather than join issues with the opposition in some of these needless and unsubstantiated utterances, we want to use this press conference to urge for a neat and positive campaign devoid of lies, propaganda and incendiary statements.
“Although we tend to agree with INEC on the security reasons given for the postponement, we are nevertheless not unmindful of the fact that the commission on its own part was not fully prepared for the February 14 election date”, he said.
He said the national working committee of the party planned a campaign based on February 14 adding that the campaign had taken the party to 35 out of 36 states.
“During these nationwide campaigns, our party successfully presented our candidates to the people and used the opportunity also to showcase our numerous and verifiable achievements especially the outstanding performance of our beloved presidential flagbearer, President Goodluck Jonathan.
“In the course of our campaign, we discovered that the popularity of our party is soaring, going by the rousing reception we received from Nigerians.
“While we were cruising in the euphoria of the success of our campaign that was leading us to victory, INEC on February 7, 2015, relying on section 26 (1) of the Electoral Act 2010 (As Amended) announced the postponement of the elections by six weeks, citing what it called security challenges”, he said.