Tukur says there’ll be no more imposition of candidate in PDP.
The governorship candidate of the Action Congress of Nigeria in the 2011 elections in Nasarawa, Onje Gye-Wado, has formally joined the Peoples Democratic Party.
Mr. Gye-Wado joined the PDP at a ceremony on Saturday alongside other top opposition figures including the gubernatorial candidate of the Labour Party in 2011, Nawani Aboki.
Leading members of the ruling Congress for Progressive Change in Nasarawa also joined the PDP at the decamping ceremony. These include the immediate past Special Adviser to Governor Tanko Al-Makura on legislative affairs, Adamu Liman; Illiya Diko; and a former member of the Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Raymond Aklo.
On hand to receive the decampees was the National Chairman of the PDP, Bamanga Tukur, who welcomed the politicians saying “it (PDP) is your home and we receive you with all hearts and thank you most sincerely for making that wise decision.”
The chairman said his major assignment in the party is to ensure equity and reconciliation of aggrieved members; and declared that there will no longer be imposition of candidates in the party.
“I will build the party based on equity and there would be no imposition of candidates on members of the party,” he said.
He said only by so doing will the party attain success at all levels and that the new decampees should feel at home as the PDP is big enough to accommodate everybody in the country.
Also at the occasion, the Minister of Information, Labaran Maku, said the major infrastructure in the state were provided by the PDP.
Mr. Maku alleged that the CPC is behind the recent crisis in the state and called on residents of the state to leave in peace and harmony. He said the movement of Labour Party, CPC, and ACN leaders in the state to the PDP predicts the failure of the opposition merger before its birth, referring to the All Progressives Congress.
The immediate past governor of the state, Aliyu Akwe Doma, who made his first appearance since the 2011 general elections that he lost to the opposition, said the party would conquer the state in 2015 and that hasdforgiven everyone that wronged him.
He also urged aggrieved members of the party to come back so as to build a formidable force against the ruling party in the state.