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Signing of Electoral Act: Welcome development — PDP

By Henry Umoru, Abuja
FOLLOWING President Goodluck Jonathan’s signing into law the harmonized Electoral Act, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP said it is now prepared more than ever to go into the 2011 general elections to win.

Speaking with Saturday Vanguard yesterday, the National Publicity Secretary of PDP, Professor Rufai Ahmed Alkali  noted that the party is set to put its house in order now that President Jonathan has assented to the Act, stressing that it is an indication that the President meant well for the country and democracy.

According to him, the action has proved critics wrong in their impression about the President, just as he said the party would soon come up with its guidelines ahead of the 2011 elections, even as he called on Nigerians not to relent in their support for the President in delivering dividends of democracy to the country.

Meanwhile, Saturday Vanguard gathered that the PDP at its National Working Committee , NWC, meeting  discussed the letter the former Vice President Atiku Abubakar wrote to it on the issue of waiver  and agreed  that granting a waiver to Atiku is not contestable.

According to a source at the end of the meeting, the NWC acknowledged that no one can stop Atiku’s readmission into the party, just as the source said that NWC directed Atiku to revert to Adamawa PDP to ensure that due process was followed.

According to the source, the Adamawa state chapter of the PDP was given 2 weeks to conclude the process, even as Atiku was also directed to write directly to NWC at the expiration of the two weeks deadline.

As part of moves to resolve the crisis in Adamawa, the leadership of the party has concluded arrangements to summon a meeting of the state’s stakeholders, Leaders, Party stalwarts to a meeting where harmonization will be pursued.

It would be recalled that Atiku Abubakar a day after his declaration to contest for President in the 2011 election on the platform of the PDP, wrote to the national leadership of the party requesting that a waiver be granted him in line with the party’s constitution to enable him actualize his ambition.


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