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2015 Polls: Aggrieved Ondo PDP members resolve differences

Barely a week to the presidential election, aggrieved members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ondo State, last weekend, resolved to sheathe their swords and work for the re-emergence of President Goodluck Jonathan.

At a stakeholders meeting, convened by leaders of the party within the Northern Senatorial District of the state and hosted by Senator Bode Olajumoke, Hon. Kingsley Kuku, and Barr. Olusola Oke, held in Owo, the members promised to deliver the state for the president and all other PDP candidates.

They vowed to put aside their differences, remain formidable and mobilise support for all the candidates of PDP, contesting both the State and National Assembly elections in the state, in order to emerge victorious.

Speaking at the meeting, the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta Affairs and Chairman, Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP), Hon. Kingsley kuku, said the PDP has now become one family in Ondo State, after the aggrieved members from the northern district of the state resolved to work together for the party’s success in next Saturday’s election.

Hon. Kuku said PDP, apart from ruling at the federal level, is the giant party in Africa, noting that it is the best to reckon with, due to its friendly policies initiated by President Goodluck Jonathan.

He was however optimistic that President Goodluck Jonathan would win Saturday’s presidential election in at least 21 states of the country.

“In the South West, Ondo, Ekiti, Oyo States belong to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and we shall have a large votes in Ogun and even take over Lagos. We will win in five states of the South East, while the six South- South states, will be taken over by PDP”, he boasted

The presidential aide predicted that the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC), might only secure 25 percent of vote in Ondo State and would never be a threat to PDP in the Saturday’s election.

Hon. Kuku revealed that he and the State APC Chairman, Mr. Isaac Kekemeke, were from the same Arogbo Ward 1, in Ese Odo Local Government Area, but vowed to defeat at the ward level.

At the end of the meeting, a resolution was read to newsmen by the Party’s former National Legal Adviser, Olusola Oke, which stated that, “We have resolved to remain active, committed and loyal members of the PDP, and would not for any reason abandon the platform we had laboured to build in the past 16 years.

“Secondly, we all resolved unanimously and believe in the transformation agenda of Mr. President. He has been able to make our economy the largest in Africa. Our rails are working. The aviation industry is doing well. There is economic empowerment for our people. There is capacity building. Our roads are looking good. Our health facilities are improving and, therefore, he should continue.

“Thirdly, we resolved to return to our various wards and unit, to maximise the returns from these levels for Mr. President. In this regard, it is our belief that Ondo State votes will be the highest in the southwest.

“We have also resolved unanimously that we would vote for PDP candidates in all the elections irrespective of the controversy that surrounded their emergence. We believe that PDP is the best thing that has happened to Nigeria and that we must sustain the party beyond 2015.”

Oke added that the stakeholders meeting was not a parallel one noting that it was convened to compliment effort of the leaders by bringing every members together for the success of the party in the election.

“What we are doing is complementary to what has been done. We believe that for PDP to have the best result in Ondo State, everybody must be involved.

“The large army of members you saw here today, were people who hitherto were unwilling to be part of the arrangement for the campaign that was being undertaken. We observed that the essence of having the Labour Party and the PDP together in Ondo State, was to maximize votes in the state for our party”, he said.

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