2023: PDP expresses determination to return to power in Jigawa

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The leadership of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Jigawa, on Thursday expressed its determination to win all elections in 2023.
The state PDP Chairman, Alhaji Babandi Gumel, who made this known in Dutse in an interactive session with newsmen, expressed optimism of the party’s readiness to take over power from the Ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) in 2023.
Gumel announced that the 29-member reconciliation committee which was inaugurated in January to prepare ground toward 2023 general elections were making progress.
The chairman said that a significant number of members who have issues in the party were returning, adding that members of the party are now working together to achieve the goals come 2023.
He said the committee was set up to immediately reconciliation with all aggrieved members of the party and bring them into its fold.
Gumel said the committee was set up two days after the party’s state congress elections on January.
The chairman said that the gesture was part of the party’s effort to unite members of the party, and make it more stronger in order to wrestle power from the ruling APC at both in state and federal levels.
Gumel noted that since then, the committee had been working tirelessly to ensure that all aggrieved members that left the party after its loss in 2015 have returned.
“We have been working to stabilise the party, the committee had also been looking into various issues required for reconciliation and was able to reconcile with most of those who left the party, and we are still doing so until we reconcile with everyone.
“This one of the efforts we have been making to put the party in order.
“So PDP is fully repositioned to face the APC in 2023 and we are still working to make sure that we have a united front in order to be able to wrestle power from the APC.
“To cut it short, we are in talk with most aggrieved members and in near the future, they will rejoin the party. So very soon you will see the result of our efforts as negotiations are ongoing.
According to him, PDP would take APC by surprise as it is preparing to win at all levels during the 2023 general elections in the state.
Gumel expresed confidence that voters in the state would vote for PDP because of the achievements the party had made between 2007 and 2015 in the state.
“The voters have seen what we have done during our time and they are also seeing what the APC is doing. So they will judge between PDP and APC.
“I am assured from the feedback we are getting through our consultations, particularly at the grassroots, voters will abandon the APC and go for PDP,” he said.
Gumel also announced that the “party would present candidates that are capable, particularly for the governorship election in Jigawa to salvage the citizens of the state from the current hardship and poverty.”
The chairman pledged that if voted, the party would focus on education, agriculture and security.
Gumel, therefore, urged the committee to continue to work hard in uniting members of the party.
“No victor, no vanquished in our reconciliation and as such, nobody is coming back to the party as second class member.
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“It was just a misunderstanding between brothers and sisters. So this is the way we see it and this is the way we will continue to look at it,” Gumel said.
The chairman reassured the aggrieved members that they still have a place in the party and that the party needs them because it valued their contributions.
“We are not unaware of what they did before or in the the past and we also want PDP back to power in 2023.
“This is because Nigeria and Jigawa need PDP back to power. And this is not about personal ambition or interest. As you know things have not improved from where they were in 2015.
“In fact, things have deteriorated in Nigeria and Jigawa between 2015 and now. So we want to see that things become normal, progressing as it were between 2007 and 2015 in Jigawa,” the chairman added.