PDP Advises Governorship Candidates To Restore Cordial Relationship With Defeated Aspirants
National chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Iyorchia Ayu, has charged the party’s governorship candidates to reconcile with aspirants who lost out of the primaries before the 2023 governorship elections.
Ayu gave the advice this while presenting Certificates of Return to the candidates, advising them to remember that many were called but few were chosen.
The PDP leader told the candidates;
Presentation of certificate of return to PDP gubernatorial flag bearers.
— Iyorchia Ayu (@iyorchiayu) June 7, 2022
You were chosen to be our flag bearers at the forthcoming elections. Everybody who contested with you was also chosen. You must carry every member of the defeated aspirants’ communities along because they contributed in mobilising and growing our party.
I want to sincerely thank you for the work you put in. And we hope you will continue to work hard because this is just the first step.
Mr Ayu added that the PDP had no fear that the people would vote for PDP governors back to power and vote for PDP where it does not currently have governors.
He said he is confident that the PDP would win governorship seats in 25 states at the 2023 general elections, and retain all its 13 states because its governors had performed very well.
The party leader stressed;
You must carry every member of the defeated aspirants’ communities along because they contributed to mobilising and growing our party. 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 and 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 stature, that number is not good enough.
On his part, the party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, while speaking at the event said it was evident that the PDP was the party Nigerians were waiting for.
Congratulating the gubernatorial candidates, Mr Abubakar urged them to be united and work for the victory of the PDP.
Meanwhile, the party’s governorship candidates were issued their certificates of return, except for Ebonyi and Kano, because of legal issues within the party in the states.
Those who received the certificates were Ladipupo Adebutu (Ogun), Bala Mohammed (Bauchi State), Seyi Makinde (Oyo State) and Ahmadu Fintri (Adamawa).
Others are Peter Mbah (Enugu State), Uche Ikonne (Abia), Oborevwori Sheriff (Delta), Umo Eno (Akwa Ibom), Siminialayi Fabura (Rivers) and Sandy Onor (Cross River).
Also issued with the certificates were Mohammed Sule-Lamido (Jigawa), Kefas Agbu (Taraba), Titus Uba (Benue), Sa’aidu Umar (Sokoto State), and Isa Ashiru (Kaduna State).