Sen. David Mark, Chairman, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) 2023, National Convention Organising Committee, has urged the party faithful to imbibe the spirit of sportsmanship to ensure peaceful conduct of the exercises.
This is contained in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media, Paul Mumeh, on Wednesday, May 18, in Minna.
The party’s primaries will begin with the election of candidates for the State Houses of Assembly on May 21.
Mark urged the party faithful to comply with the rules of the game.
“The PDP has clear guidelines and rules for the exercises. Every aspirant should be guided by the processes. The party will not compromise any of the rules.”
He counselled delegates to the congresses and conventions to consider the integrity and past accomplishments of aspirants and to make informed choices of candidates for the elections.
“In making your decisions, consider the interest of the people. Politics is a conveyor belt to serve humanity.
“The greater interest of our people is paramount,” Sen. Mark advised.
The former president of the Senate cautioned against politics of acrimony, bitterness, or violence, saying; “See politics like a sporting competition. If you don’t win today, you can win tomorrow.”
Mark assured of a level-playing field for all aspirants, adding that whoever emerged from the open and transparent elections must be the choice of the people.
He, however, urged aspirants and their supporters alike to refrain from combative or inflammatory statements to, avoid unnecessary provocation.
He expressed confidence that the PDP would produce the best candidates for the elections in 2023.
Meanwhile, the Kaduna State Government on Thursday, May 19, issued a warning concerning terrorist groups’ operations in the state.
Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, said members of the Ansaru and Boko Haram terrorist groups have infiltrated parts of the Birnin Gwari and Giwa local government areas during the presentation of the first quarter security report for 2022 to the state’s security council.
Terrorists have been tempting residents with presents in order to attract them into criminal organisations, according to Aruwan.
Kaduna Governor Nasir El-Rufai voiced fear that terrorists are travelling from the north-east to the north-west, intending to cause mayhem.
Boko Haram militants assaulted the train travelling from Abuja to Kaduna, he added.