…Party May Zone Ticket To Kogi East
Leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kogi State met Wednesday and underscored the need to project a united if they hope to win the November 2019 governorship election in the state.
This is just as the leadership of the party assured that the Presidential mandate, which Nigerians freely gave to Atiku Abubakar on February 23, will be retrieved at the tribunal.
The position of the party came at the end of a crucial meeting of Kogi PDP critical stakeholders at the Party’s National Secretariat, in Abuja on Wednesday, where the leaders resolved to forego all personal ambitions and work together for the interest of the party and the Kogi people ahead of the election.
Speaking at the opening of the meeting, PDP national chairman of PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, who was represented by the national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, said that PDP’s winning streaks in the just concluded governorship elections in Bauchi, Imo, Rivers, Adamawa, Bauchi, Osun among other states will be reenacted in the forthcoming Kogi governorship election.
Ologbondiyan said the party has the support of the people of Kogi state, who are now looking up to it to rescue the state from the misrule of the All Progressives Congress (APC) under Governor Yahaya Bello, adding that the PDP cannot afford to fail them.
“The people of Kogi state are therefore looking up to the PDP for a rescue and we cannot afford to fail them. We must therefore not allow anything to demoralize us as the winning streaks, which our party displayed in Imo, Adamawa, Bauchi, Osun among others, will be repeated in Kogi state by the grace of Almighty God.
“In this race, we must also bear in mind that we have the support of the people. Kogi state has always been home to the PDP notwithstanding the temporary setback of the APC. We must therefore prepare ourselves, stand with the people and salvage our dear state from the pangs of misrule. Our people yearn to move forward and we must give them that leverage which they earnestly seek”, he said.
Ologbondiyan reiterated the already expressed commitment of the NWC to ensure free, fair, transparent, rancor free and credible processes for all activities toward the governorship election so as to throw up a candidate that is collectively acceptable to the people of Kogi State.
Stakeholders at the meeting include, former Kogi governors, Capt. Idris Wada, Alhaji Ibrahim Idris, former deputy governor, Arc. Yomi Awoniyi, Senator Tunde Ogbeha, Chief Patrick Adagba, federal legislators from Kogi state, state PDP Chairman, Engr. Uhotu as well as other critical stakeholders drawn from all the local government areas of the state.
Meanwhile, speaking with newsmen after the meeting, a chieftain of the PDP from Kogi State, Dr Halima Alfa, disclosed that the Kogi East might still produce the Governorship candidate of the party.
She also blamed the unfavourable outing of PDP during the last presidential election on the dispute among some PDP chieftains in Kogi East.
Alfa however said a committee will be set up to review the cause of the crisis and find solution ahead of the election.
She said “As it is now, the general thinking is that it should come from Kogi east because that’s where the strength lies and you know politics is a game of number, you can’t run away from that.
“The last time it was scuttled, the other person could not complete his two terms, so it is believed that they will still help kogi east to complete, then after that with dialogue on the table and all of us agreeing, with our own strength from East adopt a candidate from Kogi west to be the governor after that. Kogi west is behind us on this that the governor should come from Kogi east.”
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