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Friday, April 13, 2018

Chidoka on his way to PDP, says his soul, spirit of party

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The National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Prince Uche Secondus Friday led a team of party leaders to Obosi, Idemili North Local Government of Anambra State to woo back former Aviation minister, Chief Osita Chidoka to the party.
Secondus who was represented by the Deputy National chairman of the party, Senator Babayo Gamawa said the delegation was at the countryhome of Chidoka because it was convinced that he remained a PDP member in body, blood and spirit.

Babayo said Chidoka had contributed immensely to building PDP, and has no better place to play politics or contribute to nation building than to return to PDP.
He said, “We are bringing you in to join the rescue mission. You are a very strong, very patriotic and very influential politician, and we need you to join us in the mission to rebuild PDP.”
Babayo said the party was aware of some of the reasons for the exit of Chidoka, but said the party had been rebranded and was poised for exploits in the 2019 general election.
He added that PDP had realised its mistakes and would do better if it takes power in 2019.
The delegation which was led by Gamawa who represented the national chairman, Prince Secondus also had Chief Austine Umahi, national vice chair south east, and all the members of the zonal executive.
Umahi said, “We brought Babayo here because of the importance of your return. A person of your calibre does not need to be told to return to a party you helped to build.
“We apologise for the rancour we have been having in the party, and we know the reason for your leaving ab initio, you are not a hidden face in the south east, but we need people like you among us to get things right.”
The former minister, Chidoka while replying to the delegation’s request to join the party said the matters that led to his exit from the party was glaring, but expressed happiness that the current leadership was addressing them.
He informed the party that the leadership of United Progressives Party was aware of the visit of the PDP delegation to him, and that he would reach back to them to intimate them of the visit.
“When I heard the PDP was sending a delegation to see me, I thought it was just a small one, but you sent a high calibre delegation.
“There is urgent need to heal the land. This country has never been this divided. Most of the issues that led to my exit has been addressed. We cannot resolve Nigeria’s structural issues at once, but we can do so through a continuous process.
“There is need to look back at Nigeria and adjust it structurally. I went to UPP because they agreed with my vision. We do not have to wait for IPOB to start protesting before we address them, we do not need to wait until Boko Haram becomes a menace. We need to restructure now.
“Nigeria is a great country, we are a unique people, and we have energies that are fancied. What we need more is to restructure the county and make people let off their energies.
“I have the soul and spirit of PDP and I am one of the beneficiaries of PDP, and I am happy that the party is getting it right again.

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