- David Umahi, the Ebonyi state governor, has charged both supporters and members of the PDP to brace up for victory in the 2019 general polls
- Umahi revealed that one of the strategies the party can adopt to broaden its support base is massive involvement of women and youths in its affairs
- He appealed to the party's supporters not to lose hope but join hands to retake power from the APC
David Umahi, the national vice chairman of the south-east of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has urged the executive members of the party in Anambra to work towards the party’s bid to seize power in 2019.
Inaugurating a 19-member caretaker committee of the party for Anambra in Enugu, Umahi urged them by saying that unlike in the past when they operated on the surface as a result of contentions of their legitimacy, they now have the full right to administer the party, and must use it to work for the party’s victory in 2019, This Day reports.
Umahi further urged the members to open up the political arena by increasing sensitisation and mobilisation, especially through greater involvement of women and youths in the party's affairs.
He said: “Action has started and there is no time to waste. You have all the rights to deal with every issue that has to do with the party in the state, starting from now.”
“We are not afraid to apologise to Nigerians where we have done wrong, we have realised our mistakes. That is why we have accepted to rebrand the party and reposition ourselves in order to regain power in 2019.”
Umahi appealed to the party's supporters in Nigeria especially in Anambra state “not to lose hope, but to rather pray and work for PDP to regain power from the current ruling despotic cabal and return it to the people, because power belongs to the people.”
In his acceptance speech, the chairman of the caretaker committee, Chief Ndubuisi Nwobu, said that they were mindful of the crises which have bedevilled the party in the state, and are now poised to reconcile all interests and persons, in order to move the party forward.
Nwobu said: “The committee would do all within their powers to reconcile all aggrieved persons within the party, in order to restore the massive support and overwhelming confidence the people of Anambra people.”
Also speaking on behalf of other members of the committee, a former state secretary of the ruling All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in the state, John Okoli-Akirika, insisted that with the maturity being displayed by the national chairman of the party, Prince Uche secondus, the PDP is braced up for victory come 2019 polls.
Moreover, Valentine Ayika, a top member of the party, who was a former member of the state legislature, expressed satisfaction over the inauguration of the new party executive after a protracted leadership crises.
Ayika stated: “PDP has decided to forge a common front, to go into the 2019 elections as one united family.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com reported that five governors on the platform of the PDP were seeking a deal with President Muhammadu Buhari.
NAIJ.com gathered that the deal was specifically to see the governors support the president for a second term while he was expected to return the gesture so that they can retain their seats.
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