Ahead of next year’s general election, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has charged the party’s gubernatorial candidates across the country to return the party to winning ways.
PDP National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu who gave the charge, Tuesday when he presented certificates of return to the party’s elected, at Wadata Plaza, Abuja also commended candidates for their loyalty.
He acknowledged that the aspirants have contributed immensely to the growth and development party.
The former President of the Senate advised the governorship candidates to work together with those whom they contested the party’s tickets with to emerge victorious in their various states.
He expressed hope, that with the calibre of candidates, PDP will go back to its winning ways in 2023 as it was in 1999, 2003 and 2007 when it had more governors in most states.
He continued “Today we welcome our hard-working gubernatorial candidates to this historic occasion of presenting the certificate of return. This exercise is partly a recognition of your hard work. Many of you have contributed enormously to the growth and development of this party and I want to thank you for your loyalty to the party. I want to congratulate you on this achievement.
“But remember, many are called but few are chosen. A few of you have been chosen to be our flag bearer in the forthcoming elections. Everybody who contested with you is also chosen, you must carry every member of the aspirants’ community along because they contributed to mobilizing and growing our party. I want to sincerely thank you for the work you put in. And we hope you will continue to hard work because this is just the first step.
“We believe that the PDP will go back to its winning ways. When we started in 1999, we were able to produce 21 governors, we grew that number in 2003 to 28 are sustained it at 28 up to 2007.
“Unfortunately, we came through hard times and the number declined. Today we have only 13 governors, for a political party of this nature. That is not good enough. All of you must therefore work very hard to reconcile with whoever opposed you, work with everybody carry everybody along, So that at the end of the day by next year. We should be able to come back to at least 25 governors.
“On behalf of the National Working Committee and the rest of the party nationwide and in the diaspora, I want to promise you all our support, whenever we can, we will give you the necessary support. We hope and pray for you that by this time next year. You will all be referred to as the incoming governor of your respective states.”
On his part, PDP 2023 presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, described the PDP as the party that Nigerians are waiting for.
Atiku said “This event is one of those events that clearly shows that our party is the party that Nigerians are waiting for. Therefore, let me use this opportunity to congratulate each gubernatorial representing our party in the forthcoming general elections.
“I want to assure all of you that we will work together as a team and make sure you are all brought back elected as governors in your respective states, and I will ensure we work together as a team in every state of this country, to enthrone a PDP government.
Reacting on behalf of the candidates, the Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed thanked the party leadership for enabling credible primaries across States.
He assured the presidential candidate of the party of total support among party members in various states to ensure that he becomes the next Nigerian president.
The governor continued “On behalf of myself and all the candidates of the PDP for the forthcoming election in 2023, we wish to express our deepest appreciation to our dear party and leaders. This moment is a moment of happiness, a moment of accomplishment because we all toiled hard for this.
“Our dear presidential candidate, we want to assure you that the party has gone through all the due diligence to make sure you emerge as candidates and we have seen the internal democracy that had been conducted to ensure peace in the party.
“Mr President, we assure you that there will be no problem in all the states of the Federation and we are going to work with you to make sure you emerge as the president of Nigeria. We assure you there will be synergy. There will be cooperation. And we are going to work assiduously to make sure that our party emerge victorious at the various levels with the party having confidence in us”.
Some of the governorship candidates who attended the certificates’ presentation include, Mohammed Sule Lamido (Jigawa), Ladi Adebutu (Ogun), Kefas Agbo (Taraba), Peter Mba (Enugu) and David Ombugadu (Nasarawa), all will be contesting for the first time.
Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State, Ahmad Fintiri of Adamawa State and Seyi Makinde of Oyo State are some of the governors seeking a second term in office.
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