The leadership of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) has dissociated itself from the statement issued by a group, asking Nigeria's president, Muhammadu Buhari to resign over his age.
The group, Peoples Democratic Party Media Watchdog (PDPMW), had asked Buhari to resign following claims by the Nigerian leader that his age would limit how effective he would be in office, but an official statement by the PDP's publicity secretary, Olisah Metuh, has denied any such utterance.
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The statement obtained from the party's Facebook page, Metuh disclosed that, "the attention of the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has been drawn to a press statement by a group parading as PDP Media Watchdog and purporting to be working within and in the interest of our great party.
"This group is absolutely unknown to the PDP and has no connection whatsoever with our party at any level, neither is the content of their statement a reflection of the position or stance of the party.
"For the avoidance of doubt, our great party has not authorized this group to use its name, acronym or logo to issue statements or make public pronouncements on any matter and we caution those behind them to henceforth desist from such immediately.
"The PDP therefore distances itself from the embarrassing statement by this group wherein it called on President Muhammadu Buhari to resign and went ahead to use offensive and denigrating language on the person and office of the President of our great country."
While reiterating its desire to remain as a credible and formidable opposition for the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), the PDP stated that it would only engage in offering alternatives for the Buhari-led administration.