From Pwanagba Agabus, Jos
The main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Plateau State has inaugurated its Campaign Council for the forthcoming Plateau South Senatorial Bye-Election.
The Campaign Council is headed by the State party chairman, Hon. Chris Hassan, other members of the state executive, national and state assembly members and other stakeholders, all cutting across the three Senatorial zones of the state.
The Campaign Council which comprises of 100 people is to ensure that the party’s candidate in the 31st October, 2020, RT. Hon. George Daika.
Addressing stakeholders after inaugurating the Campaign Council, chairman of the party in the state, Hon. Chris Hassan, at the party’s Secretariat in Jos, the state capital, said, “I appreciate the spirit of oneness exhibited by especially those who contested the primary election with our candidate.
“They have shown maturity and love for our great party the PDP, as you can see all the four of them are here ready to ensure that we emerge victorious in the election.
According to him, “If politics is done base on qualification, then our candidate RT. Hon. Daika is more than qualified; because if you look at the process that led to his emergence, that informed the decision of those who contested with him to support him, because it was transparent.
“And if you look at the positions he has occupied, he was a speaker of the state assembly and a former member of the House of Representatives, compared to his APC, who has never even held a Councillorship position, and was never a party person”, he explained.
Hassan appealed to members to forget their differences and work towards the success of the party in the upcoming Senatorial Bye-Election, saying, “We must learn to forgive one another as far as we want to remain in politics”.
Also speaking on behalf of the National Assembly caucus, Senator Istifanus Gyang urged members to replicate what happened recently in the gubernatorial election in Edo State.
“This is the time for us as party faithfuls to ensure that we emerge victorious in the forthcoming Plateau South Senatorial Bye-Election.
“We have enormous goodwill in all the LGAs in Plateau South, this is an opportunity for us to leverage on that by working as an indivisible entity to ensure victory for our candidate and our great party the PDP”.
In his remarks, the chairman of Langtang North, who is the only elected PDP council chairman in the state, Hon. Joshua Laven, “This party needs to come back to its original status, and I’m seeing that zeal in this forthcoming election.
According to him, “Our victory in this forthcoming election is the first step to tell us that we are ready for 2023”.
A former ALGON chairman in the state and a chieftain of the party from Shendam LGA, Hon. Kemi Nshe, said, “Once our agents can stand firm in protecting the result, we will emerge victorious; but we need to support them morally and otherwise.
Nshe maintained that, “As stakeholders, if agents compromise, we should have ourselves to blame, because we need to put an eye on them”
The Plateau South Senatorial Bye-Election which is to hold on the 31st October, was necessitated as a result of the demise of Senator Ignatius Longjan, which occurred in February, 2020.