As party’s PCO meets, directs intensification of campaigns
Affirming its desire for a level playing field for all participants with a view to ensuring free, fair and credible polls, the PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation has expressed its readily to collaborate with its APC counterpart to achieve one of the critical aspects of this process – PVC collection.
Director of the PDP Presidential Campaigns Media and Publicity, Femi Fani Kayode, stated this on Sunday while addressing newsmen after the over 90 minutes meeting the Director General of the. PDP PCO, Dr. Ahmadu Ali held with all the PDP Presidential Campaign directing officials on how to reposition the party’ s presidential campaigns.
“Our Campaign Organisation will be ready to collaborate with the APC Presidential Campaign Organisation to support the process of PVCs collection so that no part of the country is seen to have been deliberately manipulated into a position of disadvantage through low percentage rate of PVCs distribution and collection whilst the other part of the country has recorded between 80 and 98 percent collection.”Accerdind to him, “The credibility, acceptability and success of the forthcoming elections are… dependent on two things: firstly 100 percent or just below 100 percent distribution of the PVCs to eligible registered voters so that no one or no group of people are disenfranchised and secondly the deployment of adequate security forces before, during and after the elections who will ensure that the electorate are able to go out to perform their civic responsibility of voting on the election days.”
He said the campaign by the PDP during the extended time for the elections will be “all-encompassing and robust and it will reach all levels in order to shore up the chances of our various candidates in the elections.
“We believe that with the commitment by INEC, which has been demonstrated by its readiness to work strictly in line with the advice by the nation’s security agencies, our nation is heading for a general election that is freer, fairer and more transparent than the 2011 elections.
“Our belief is anchored on the international and domestic desire for a credible poll. We therefore encourage and support INEC to do all that they need to do to ensure that we have a credible election that will produce results that are acceptable to all.
“We are constrained to point out the fact that one of the things that INEC must do is to ensure that it establishes a strategy and process that will result in the equitable and prompt distribution of the Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) to all registered voters who have not collected them up till this time.”

He said that if what is read in the newspapers is true, “then the Commission must quickly set out to ensure the production of its training manual, recruitment of 700,000 ad-hoc staff, training of presiding officers, deployment of printers for voter registers which are said to still be in Abuja , printing of voter registers by the Resident Electoral Commissioners, provision of full complement of ballot boxes and distribution of the balance of card readers to many states that are yet to get them.”
“These are our legitimate and genuine concerns. We will remain sharply focused on our campaign issues. We will continue to sell the candidature of President Jonathan whose victory at the poll is key to everything we stand for while we will continue to expose the chicanery, the weaknesses and the violent nature of the opposition APC and its presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari.”

He said that all stakeholders in the forthcoming elections should therefore take advantage of this short extension to get their acts together and prepare for the elections, saying, “This is all the more so because there will be no room fora further shift of poll date within the ambit of the relevant extant laws.”
, ” We will like to reiterate our commendation of INEC for showing the courage to shift the poll after acknowledging the fact that its state of preparedness was not 100 percent and also after taking into cognizance the imperative of ensuring adequate security for the electorate and electoral personnel, especially in the Northeast zone of the country.”
Source: Thisday


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