The National Executive Council (NEC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has approved the composition of the 2023 Presidential Campaign Council.
The party spokeman, Debo Ologunagba, made this known in the communiqué released at the end of the 97th NEC meeting held on Thursday in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
Ologunagba said NEC has directed the National Working Committee (NWC) and the presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, to work out the details regarding the campaign council membership.
He said the party’s NEC has approved structures for campaign councils at the State, Local Government, ward and unit levels which will focus more on the grassroots.
Ologungaba added that NEC unanimously empowered the NWC to adjust the structures of the campaign councils if the need arises.
He said: “NEC approved a unified campaign structure across the country for the PDP for the 2023 general elections which will focus more on the grass root.
“NEC approved the proposed Structure and Organogram of the National Campaign Council as well as the National Campaign Management Council for the 2023 general elections.
“NEC also approved the structures for campaign councils at the states, local government, ward and unit levels.
“NEC unanimously empowered the NWC to modify and adjust the structures of the Campaign Councils as and when the need arises.“
Worsening Economy, Insecurity And ASUU Strike
Ologunagba said NEC also slammed the All Progressives Congress-led administration for the worsening state of the nation’s economy and insecurity in the country.
The PDP spokesman said the party also condemned the failure of the APC government to address the strike embarked on by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU.
He said: “NEC strongly decried the worsening state of the nation’s economy with attendant excruciating hardship occasioned by the corruption, insensitivity, incompetence and harsh economic policies of the inhumane and vicious APC.
“NEC is also appalled by the worsening insecurity in the country occasioned by the obvious complicity of the APC administration which continues to condone and enable acts of terrorism in various parts of the country.
“NEC lamented the failure of the APC government to address the industrial action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU. NEC lamented that the APC is relishing the agony, pain and suffering of parents and students in Nigerian public universities due to the prolonged strike action.
“NEC condemned the constant display of arrogance by the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu in handling the issue of ASUU strike and called for a more constructive engagement by stakeholders to resolve the matter.”
2023 General Elections
Ologunagba said the party rejected the nomination of APC members as Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Resident Electoral Commissioners.
He described the action as unpatriotic and a brazen plot by the APC to manipulate and rig the 2023 general elections against the will of Nigerians.
He said: “NEC also condemned in the strongest terms the appointment by President Muhammadu Buhari of card-carrying members of the APC as INEC Resident Electoral Commissioners, RECs.
“The PDP demands that President Buhari immediately withdraws the APC members nominated as RECs, failure of which has the capacity to trigger a serious political crisis that can threaten the 2023 general elections and derail our democratic process
“The NEC also received and approved the composition of the Manifesto Review Committee to review the Manifesto of the PDP ahead of the 2023 general elections.
“NEC charged Nigerians to remain united in rallying towards the success of the PDP at the 2023 general elections and start the onerous task of rescuing and rebuilding our nation.“