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• Threatens to sanction culprits

By Marie-Therese Nanlong

Jos – The leadership of the Plateau State chapter of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP has raised concern over the involvement of some of its stakeholders in actions inimical to the success of the Party in the 2023 general elections and threatens to sanction any member undermining the efforts of the party in ensuring unity.

The Party disclosed activities of their members are being monitored closely and warned that anyone caught engaging in anti-party activities or exhibiting tendencies of campaigning for candidates of other political parties other than the PDP will be sanctioned in line with laid down procedures.

The State Publicity Secretary of the Party, John Akans in a statement issued on Tuesday, in Jos said, “It has come to the attention of the State working committee, SWC of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, the attitude of some supposed members of the party who are engaging in anti-party activities. They are trying hard to instil hatred, instigate innocent party faithful against our party and develop malice against our candidates for the 2023 general election.

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“The State Working Committee frowns at the recent behaviours/actions of some members of the party, particularly some stakeholders who ideally are expected to advise, guide, exhibit maturity, loyalty and mentorship to the younger ones but are the same people spearheading the division. It is unfortunate that they secretly encourage anti-party activities and they publicly on social media work against their claimed party to the extent that they even work against (their) candidates.

“The committee has also observed with disgust these same individuals and some of their followers who have resorted to the vilification of leaders of our party at the state and national levels. It is sufficient to say that these shower of toxic abuses would no longer be condoned by the party. The SWC wishes to remind such party members that such negative acts constitute anti-party conduct and at the same time destroy the cohesive unity of the party and undermine the painstaking efforts by the SWC to reorganize and stabilise the party.

“Consequently, the party is monitoring closely the activities of all its members and warns that if anyone is caught engaging in anti-party activities and exhibits tendencies of campaigning for candidates of other political parties other than the PDP such person(s) will be sanctioned in line with our rules of engagement.”

He added, “Members are advised to note that the opening of the campaign activities for the 2023 elections is not yet due. Any member who deliberately jumps the gun to cause jeopardy to the party would face sanctions including the possibility of being expelled from the party. All members are advised to desist from this, and any activity that will bring the Name of the party to disrepute.

“When the time for the campaign comes the party will release its schedule of activities and members will be carried along as the only responsibility we have now is to flush out the APC from the corridors of power. Plateau state belongs to PDP, we, therefore, call on Plateau citizens and Nigerians that the time has come for us to wipe away our tears.”