Re-positioning PDP: Kogi Lawmaker Calls for Unity, Commitment

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Julius Atabor, Lokoja.

Unity and commitment to internal democracy has been identified as the keys for the repositioning of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in her determined bid to take over power in the next general elections.

This was disclosed by the former Deputy Speaker of Kogi State House of Assembly, Hon. Aliyu Akuh, when he met with members of the Omala Local Government PDP executive council yesterday in Lokoja, Kogi state capital.

Akuh noted that the party leadership under Senator Ahmed Makarfi has begun in earnest to taking  steps at correcting the pitfalls that led to the defeat in the 2015 general elections. He stressed that imposition of candidates and impunity by leadership is in the front burners to be resolved.

The lawmaker explained that the meeting was called to bridge information distortions adding that the current effort of the National chairman has rekindled the hope of those who were aggrieved, who are now ready to return to the party.

He said in as much as the National Chairman and his executives are touring the states considered volatile for the party, they have given the former Governor, Alhaji Ibrahim Idris the task to commence the reconciliation of the members of the party in Kogi state.

While commending the courage of the Supreme court to have delivered landmark judgement affirming the Makarfi faction as the authentic chairman, he said the judgement was the tonic the party needed to bounce back to reckoning.

“The judgement, although, was in favour of Makarfi, he has told the members that the judgement that of no victor and no vanquished.

“This declaration has brought the needed integration. What we need now is to embrace one another and to work hard to bring back those who defected but are now willing to return to the fold.

“We need to bring up the spirit of reconciliation. The party need people because the strength of any party lies in the population. I must commend your resilience and commitment to the upliftment of the party. I am aware that the defeat of the party in the last election created loopholes for some to dump the party.

“When I looked at my left and right, I am consoled that the whole pf Omala LGA is standing for the party. It wouldn’t have been possible without your untiring labour for the party. I have to let you know that the present mandate of the party is to embrace peace and unity of purpose to recapture power in the next elections and we are sure that we will not let the party down.

“It is a known fact across the length and breadth of the state that Omala Local Government has remained with PDP since its formation. We have supported the party through thick and thin, during success and failure and we will keep supporting the party until it reclaim its lost glory,” he said.

While commending the lawmaker for his contributions to the survival of the party in the local government, speaker after speaker called for sweeping reforms in the party that will correct all the noticeable issues that brought the party to its present state.