PDM divided into two over Buhari and Atiku, 7 days to Presidential Election

Atiku Abubakar is PDP presidential candidate in 2019 presidential elections
  • Dapo Sarumi faction endorsed Atiku
  • Abubakar Mahdi faction endorsed Buhari

The Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM), has now divided into two ahead of Nigeria’s general elections, one faction supports President Muhammadu of All Progressive Congress (APC) while another faction is rooting support for Alhaji Atiku Abubakar of Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP).

A faction led by Senator Abubakar Mahdi adopted President Muhammadu Buhari while another faction led by a former minister Chief Dapo Sarumi declared support for Atiku.

Mahdi-led a delegation comprising chairmen and leaders of PDM from the 36 states of the federation and Abuja who conscientiously had resolved on the Jan.1 to support Buhari’s candidature in the forthcoming presidential election.

The communiqué was signed by Sarumi, who was a former Minister of Information, and six others, Dubem Onyia (South East), Chief Bode Ajewole (South West), Chief Ejiofor Onyia (South South), Dr Bala Tafida (North Central), Alhaji Kabir Bawa (North East) and Fatima Abba (North West).

PDM, which started as Peoples Front, was founded by late former Chief of General Staff (Supreme Headquarters), Gen. Shehu Yar’Adua.

It is registered as a political party by Independent National Electoral Commission, with Bashir Yusuf Ibrahim as chairman and Dr. Joseph Akinwunmi as secretary.

President Buhari pays Homage on Oba of Lagos. Source: Femi Adesina

“It is noteworthy to point out that even though membership in this political family cuts across all the major political parties in the country, it has always been our prayers that one of our own be given the opportunity to showcase our outstanding leadership qualities irrespective of the political parties that throws up such a candidate for as long as he/she is a member of the political family.

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“To this end, and with the 2019 Presidential election exactly a week away, it has become incumbent on us, as founding members of the Yar’Adua political family, PDM, to lend our voice to the conversations around the epochal electoral contest.

“We are conscious of our position as proud members of the oldest political organisation in contemporary Nigeria and it is noteworthy to say that this particular election cycle presents itself as a test to the virility of democratic governance in our country,” Dapo Sarumi-led faction said.

“The tension that has been generated by the 2019 elections is getting to a disturbing proportion and we call on all actors in the electoral process to ensure that peace ensues before, during and after the elections.

“We call on the security operatives to be impartial and to focus on their main mandate of preserving and protecting the lives and property of every Nigerian and foreigner alike.

“Politicians should refrain from making insidious statements and anyone caught going against this should be duly prosecuted.”

Different ethnic groups and socio-political organisations have also endorsed the two major Northern presidential candidates: Atiku and Buhari.

The election is 6 days away.

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