The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) national leadership, has reiterated the party`s commitment to issue-based campaign devoid of statements capable of inflaming passions and overheating the polity ahead of 2015 general elections.
This is contained in a statement issued by Olisa Metuh, the party`s National Publicity Secretary on Sunday in Abuja.
The statement said, this was in furtherance of the party`s pursuit of peace and unity and to douse tension in the polity.
According to it, the position stemmed from the party’s irrevocable stand on the unity and stability of the nation and its desire to protect its fragile democracy.
It added that it was also to ensure that a conducive atmosphere was maintained for national development and well-being of all citizens in keeping with the party`s manifesto and visions of its founding fathers.
“As a highly responsible and foremost democratic political organisation in the country, founded on strong ideological background and principle of social justice.
“We cannot afford to allow a drift to politics of propaganda, insults and incendiary statements that threaten our democracy and corporate existence as a nation.
“Our national interest and welfare of our citizens irrespective of religious, ethnic and political affiliations remain paramount in our overall agenda and must be upheld at all times,’’ the statement said.
It added that the party would therefore strive to bring down tension in the country, by redirecting the nation’s political discourse to productive issues that reinforce its unity and promotes understanding.
It added that the party would also strive to ensure peaceful co-existence by creating enabling environment not only for peaceful general elections in 2015, but also for the overall survival of the country`s democracy and stability.
The statement maintained that Nigerians deserve better from the political class.
It added that the 2015 general elections must therefore be based on performance, political ideology, manifestoes and agenda for national development not on propaganda and counter accusations that heat up the system.
According to it, such, divide the citizens and erode them of values as a people.
The statement directed all party officials and members at all levels to continue to focus on the numerous visible achievements of the PDP-led administrations at the federal, state and local government levels.
This successes it noted, was recorded through the meticulous implementation of Federal Government Transformation Agenda and the well-thought out road map for the future.
The statement added that majority of Nigerians had continued to express confidence in the PDP-led Federal Government because of its achievements across the country.
It assured that the PDP would leave no stone unturned to ensure the continued delivery on its mandate.
It therefore charged all the party`s elected and appointed officers to continue in the prudent management of resources for the benefit of the people