PDM Protem Chairman Bode Ajewole
By Chuks Okocha
The Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM), the political machinery formed by the late General Shehu Musa Yar’Adua has said it is not an appendage of any of the political parties in the country but rather stands for good governance.
Members of the movement scattered across some of the political parties in the country but predominantly in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have been holding nocturnal meetings aimed at revamping the platform apparently in readiness for 2015.
But in a statement Saturday night by its Protem Chairman Bode Ajewole and Acting. Secretary Murtala S.M.Yar’Adua, the group said it was not working for any political party.
“PDM is an idea whose time has come. We are working tirelessly to sensitise and mobilise all Nigerians of goodwill to ensure that this idea succeeds. We are a democratic and inclusive organisation, not a sectional one, with members across all political parties. We are, therefore, not aligned to any political party or against anyone. We are prepared to work with any Nigerian or any political organisation that shares our objectives and ideals,” the group said.
THISDAY gathered that it became imperative for the group to come up with this statement in a bid to douse the pressure being mounted on it to support the presidential aspiration of one politician or another as the 2015 election gathers momentum.
PDM said: “Our objectives are summarised in the following statement made by Gen. Shehu Musa Yar’Adua: ‘A Nigeria that is neither North nor South, West or East, but dedicated to the common good for all’”.
Accordingly, the group said, “the objectives of the New PDM, which are in strict adherence to the dreams of our founding fathers, are anchored in the belief that democracy, good governance, security and economic development are key to building a strong, just, equitable and prosperous society without which no government or nation can endure”.