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By Godwin Ijediogor (Asaba) and Azimazi Momoh Jimoh (Abuja)
14 November 2022   |   3:04 am
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential campaign organisation has insisted the door was never shut against five governors of the party and other aggrieved members, stressing it is ready to reconcile

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential campaign organisation has insisted the door was never shut against five governors of the party and other aggrieved members, stressing it is ready to reconcile with them even before next year’s general elections.

According to Mr Charles Aniagwu, a spokesman of the presidential candidate of the party, Atiku Abubakar: “The door was never shut; nobody closed it before. We had always said it before that we needed to move as one body, which is why we have continued to reach out to some of our leaders that tend to be aggrieved on account of certain alignments they want between the North and the South.

“At no time did anybody close the door, and we were always hopeful, as we continued to reach out to them, which is why from day one, we said, yes, the train has moved, by way of the campaign rallies across the country, but that at any given time,” we will not hesitate to stop the train in any of the stations to pick up both new passengers and passengers that are hesitant at the moment.”

Aniagwu, who is the Commissioner for Information in Delta State, explained that the absence of two former governors of the state, Chief James Ibori and Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan, as well as Olorogun David Edevbie, among others, at the inauguration of the state PDP governorship campaign council in Asaba, recently, is nothing to worry about.

According to him, “many persons were actually absent on that day because they had other things they were doing. That does not mean that there is any major challenge.

“We are also quite optimistic that some of these party leaders in the state who may not be happy that possibly what they wanted didn’t happen have also been statesmen in the course of time. We hope they would continue to live and act as statesmen by coming around.”

He said: “We will reach out to our people because All Progressives Congress (APC) has the habit of telling big lies. They don’t have even the fear of God when they lie, so we don’t want them to come and deceive our people and promise what they cannot do. The last seven and half years are enough evidence that they do not deserve to rule Delta or come back at the federal level.”

He noted that anybody desiring to return APC at the national level or bring it to power in Delta State does not mean well for Nigeria and Nigerians.

“We are sure that our candidate, Mr. Sheriff Oborevwori, will win the election, because his victory will signal another round of development, like the one we have now,” he added.

MEANWHILE, the Director General of Voice of Nigeria (VON), Osita Okechukwu, has described former Vice President Atiku Abubakar’s move to reconcile with Governor Nyesom Wike’s group in the PDP as belated.

Okechukwu said this while responding to a statement by Atiku that APC was a contraption of Bola Tinubu’s party, Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), and President Muhammadu Buhari’s party, Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), which, according to him, would collapse after its defeat in the 2023 general election.

In a statement in Abuja, Okechukwu described the assertion by the PDP presidential candidate as a hallucination and medicine after death.

According to him, it was ridiculous for the former vice president to think the rotation convention in PDP’s constitution and the Federal Character principle of the 1999 Constitution would be easily swept under the carpet.

He added that it would be unfair and unpatriotic to the southern part of the country for any northerner to think of presiding over the nation in May 2023 after the tenure of Buhari, a fellow northerner.

IN another development, the Atiku-Okowa Presidential Campaign Organisation identified a lack of political will by the government, poverty, and unemployment as major factors fuelling insecurity across the country.

Vice presidential candidate of the PDP and Delta State governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, in an interview in Abuja, yesterday, said when elected, the Atiku-Okowa presidency would promptly set machinery in motion to address the problem.

Okowa, who spoke after a church service in Abuja, said: “On our own part, the Atiku-Okowa presidency, when elected, has promised it will tackle insecurity truly with all political will.

“There is so much poverty, there is so much unemployment. Definitely, you must deal with all these before you can deal with insecurity in full. Yes! We can start off but we have to get people gainfully employed, we have to recreate hope for Nigerians; that is what we stand for. The economy will definitely have to be revived.”

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