By Emmanuel Antswen
Former Information Minister Jerry Gana, Amb. Esther Audu, Humphrey Abah and Adakole Ijogi, all former PDP members, officially joined the party and were readmitted to Makurdi on Saturday.
The ceremony was held at the North Central Party Zone Congress at Aper Aku Stadium in Makurdi.
Speaking on behalf of the returnees, Prof Gana, former chairman of the then federal guidance agency MAMSER, said they were delighted to be back in the party, which he co-founded and who was the first national secretary.
MAMSER was an acronym for Mass Mobilization for Self-Reliance, Social Justice, and Economic Recovery.
It was a political orientation exercise in Nigeria undertaken by former military president Ibrahim Babangida as one of the recommendations of the Political Bureau headed by Dr Samuel Cookey.
The NAN recalled that Professor Gana defected from the PDP to the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in 2018 to run for the presidential election on his platform.
Gana described the PDP as “the party of purpose, discipline and a party that has all the potential to be able to move the country forward”, adding that Nigerians are counting on the PDP to save the country from ” darkness”.
“Nigerians expect you to take charge of the governance of this country for good governance in order to ensure the peace and security of this country.
“I therefore urge the PDP to mobilize and unite to save Nigeria and restore good governance, ensure the safety of lives and property and instill confidence in the minds of all Nigerians,” he said. -he accuses.
He said security and protecting lives was the real essence of governance and urged the federal government to protect Nigerians.
Gana thanked the party leaders for re-admitting them to the party they were privileged to form.
“We are happy to be back,” he said, thanking Senator David Mark and others who led the reconciliation delegation to them and ensured their return to the party.
The former minister noted that during the reign of the PDP, five of the six states including the Center-North were under his control while at the moment only Benue remained under the control of the party.
He therefore insisted on the need for party members to work hard and recover the remaining states in the area.
“Now that we are back, we will do our best to mobilize, rebuild and bring the party together to take up the leadership torch in 2023,” he said.
In his remarks to Congress, a former Senate Speaker, Dr Iyorchia Ayu, expressed his joy that one of the party’s founding members, Professor Jerry Gana, has finally returned.
He said that with the new generation of party leaders, victory in the 2023 polls was assured.
“Now that Nigerians have tested a second wife, they now know how beautiful the PDP is.
“Now, with Gana’s return, the PDP will get back on track in 2023 and the whole of the center-north will be ruled by the PDP,” Ayu said.
He gave the assurance that the party was showing itself stronger and better to take over the governance of the country in 2023.
Receiving the returnees on behalf of the national party chairman, Governor Samuel Ortom said their return would strengthen the party.
Ortom said the PDP would take advantage of the APC’s loopholes in power to regain power in 2023.
He said the Center-North party leaders would work hard to bring the PDP back to power in all of its states.
He instructed the new party leadership in the area to imbibe fairness, justice, as well as protect and preserve the party constitution.
“There will be no more ‘sponsorship’ or taxation of PDP candidates, the decisions of the people will prevail,” Ortom said. (NOPE)
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