… Extends sale, submission of nomination forms
OBIORA IFOH, Abuja
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Thursday vowed to reclaim Ekiti State which it lost to the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the last governorship election in the State through a democratic process.
The National Chairman of the Party, Prince Uche Secondus stated this at the Wadata House in Abuja while receiving several Party members who defected to the APC and other Political parties into the party.
Among those who were led by the Senate Majority Leader designate, Senator Biodun Olujimi were Ambassador Dare Bejide, Dr Siriku Tae Lawal, former Governor of Ekiti State Chief Bode Ajewole, Chief Diran Omotoso, Otunba Yinka Akerele, Chief (Mrs.) Titilayo Oluwatuyi, Chief Segun Akinwumi and a host of others.
While receiving the defectors, the National Chairman of PDP, Prince Secondus who spoke through the National Organizing Secretary of the Party, Col Austin Akobundu (rtd) assured that all necessary legal actions were being taken by the party and its Governorship Candidate, Prof. Kolapo Olusola, towards reclaiming the mandate which the party believed it won.
The party leader commended the defectors for their bold step to return to the Party at a very critical period when there was nothing on ground to share, saying that this showed that they were back home to join forces with others in the party ahead of the 2019 generals.
He pleaded with the returnees to go back to their state and beg others to return home as the PDP of today had been rebranded under a new leadership who would never allowed those mistakes of the past which led to their exit. He counseled them to put behind them those things that led to their exit, calling on them to continue to live in Peace with the State governor, Dr Ayodele Fayose for peace to reign supreme in the State Chapter of the Party.
In their response, the leader of the delegation, Chief Bode Ajewole, Ambassador Dare Bejide,and Dr Sikiru Tai Lawal regretted the party losing the state to the APC in the last governorship election, adding that they were back for good so as to rebuild their damaged home ahead of the 2019 general elections but pleaded with the leadership of the Party to give them equal opportunities with other old members.
Also adding her voice, Senator Olujimi stated that the returnees decided to come back following series of persuasions, consultations and assured that with their return, the fortunes of the party in the Southwest will improve.
Meanwhile, PDP has extended the deadline for the sale and collection of Presidential, Governorship and National Assembly nomination forms from the earlier announced date of Thursday, September 6, 2018 to Monday, September 10, 2018.
National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan in a statement said aspirants for these aforementioned positions are to submit their duly completed forms at the designated offices not later than Tuesday, September 11, 2018.
“This extension however does not apply to aspirants for State House of Assembly position. Aspirants in this category are to submit their duly completed forms at officially designated chapter of the party on or before the close of work on Thursday, September 6, 2018.”
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