Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja
The National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has dangled a carrot to new and returning former members, reassuring them of ample and unhindered accommodation to pursue their political interests.
The party said it would support moves for alignments by returning members or those freshly coming into the partyâ€™s fold from other political parties.
In a statement issued by the spokesman of the party, Kola Ologbondiyan, PDP said it would provide equal opportunity for all Nigerians to freely aspire, even for the highest position in the land.
â€œAs the name of our great party connotes, the PDP remains a people-oriented party, belonging to all Nigerians and as such will continue to accommodate and provide equal opportunity for all Nigerians to freely aspire, even for the highest position in the land, irrespective of creed, tribe or even previous party affiliation.
â€œWith our re-engineered mechanism for credible internal democracy, the PDP has now been repositioned as the epicenter of the new broad-based political engagement, where primary elections, at all levels of aspiration, guarantee level playing field to all members, old, new and returning alike, in line with our commitment to engender a healthy democratic culture in our dear country.
â€œIn that regard, therefore, the PDP will not in any way or under any guise whatsoever, exclude any Nigerian, but unreservedly embrace all who genuinely seek membership of our great party, especially at this critical time in our national life.
â€œConsequently, our party structure at all levels have been well guided not to engage in any activity that may directly or indirectly tend to exclude any Nigerian that has shown interest in returning or freshly becoming a member of our great family,â€ he said.
The party therefore commended the unwavering dedication of all its leaders and members at all levels across the country, saying: â€œWe offer our platform to millions of well-meaning Nigerians in this crucial national aspiration to end the misrule of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and return our country once again to the path of national unity and prosperity under the PDP.â€