A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chris Hassan, has said the nation’s main opposition party is facing the forthcoming 2023 general elections with a clean slate.
The Plateau State PDP chapter chairman said on Wednesday that the party is now at peace after it was exonerated of all charges against it and that Jos, the state capital, is set to host the party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, for his campaign flag-off in the state.
Hassan said PDP across all states is well prepared to rescue and reverse the downward trend which has become the order of the day in over seven years.
Naija News reports that the party chieftain said this during an interaction with journalists today in Jos.
He expressed optimism that PDP would continue to enjoy the goodwill and support of citizens as Atiku met and interacted with them.
Hassan asked the people not to enforce failure but to reject the candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) because the ruling party has nothing to offer the people and appealed to all PDP members to work for the success of the Party in all elections in 2023.
He said: “You will recall that the Party was at a time plunged into induced crises after some aggrieved members through the sponsorship of the All Progressives Congress infiltrated the Party, seeking the Soul of the Party using various means, media war and court in the bid to destroy it. But to God be the glory a sigh of relief was brought into the Party when the final case touching its soul was dismissed at the Jos Federal High Court, removing all legal impediments and setting the course clear for the Party to face the electorates.
“It is worthy to note that the Party is facing the 2023 Election on a clean slate, “and we shall come out victorious” even the status of the STATE EXECUTIVE has been cleared with the judgment delivered by Justice D. V. AGISHI, which put to rest the non-compliance with Gangs Judgement a thing of the past. It is instructive to state clearly that the repeat State Congress held on 25/9/2021 is not challenged by any party faithful in court…
“Following this encouraging judgment and the confirmation of the Party’s legitimacy as the executive of the party, we will continue to work with great understanding and commitment to ensure that we return PDP to the government house as we are together working assiduously to achieve that. We, therefore, call on Plateau citizens to remain steadfast and committed in their continued support for the success of the Party as victory is near; let us all unite and save Plateau State from total collapse as APC has nothing to offer.”
PDP Going Into 2023 Election As United Family
Hassan recalled that since the inauguration of the party’s campaign council months ago, PDP has continued to enjoy the support of individuals and groups within the Party.
He stressed that it has in the past weeks witnessed an unprecedented interaction with candidates and aspirants at all levels, including those of the Senate, House of Reps, and State Assembly.
He said the opposition camp is heading into the forthcoming election as a united family.
“While interaction with individuals and groups is ongoing, I can assure you that, by the grace of God, following the huge success so far recorded, we are going into the forthcoming elections as a strong and united family,” Hassan told reporters.
He added: “As you are aware, we are by the special grace of God, flagging off our Presidential Campaign on Tuesday, 13th day of December 2022 which our incoming President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria His Excellency Alh. Atiku Abubakar will be in Jos to meet and interact with the Plateau people. We hope that we will enjoy the goodwill and support of the good and hospitable people of Plateau State. We are setting out well prepared, with the vision of The Time now to rescue and rebuild Plateau state genuinely. We are driven by a conscious and patriotic zeal to reverse the downward slide that has become the order of the day in the State in the last seven and half years.”
Speaking on the leadership of Plateau State, Hassan said: “We are witnessing a situation where there is a sudden jolt by the Lalong administration that had been sleeping all this while to hoodwink the people of the state into believing it is a caring government. There is, at this moment, a rush to recruit only relations into the civil service without following due process. This is in a desperate attempt to get the attention of unsuspecting Plateau people.
“This lopsided employment process at the exit of the APC administration is nothing but an insult against the unity of the people of the plateau; we challenge the government to publish the names of those employed. Let’s see the spread across the state. We are dealing with an administration that has not only betrayed the trust freely given by the people of Plateau State, but he has risen against them. We are dealing with a leader who is ready to die for his people instead of being prepared to die for an individual.”
He added saying, in Governor Lalong’s words and actions, “When people asked me why I was dying for Buhari, I told them I will die for Buhari because he is my helper” He is equating God with an individual.”
The PDP chieftain stressed that the pains being experienced by the people of the state are one of the greatest challenges.
“I wish to assure the good people of Plateau State that the personality, exposure, and experience of our Gubernatorial candidate, Barr. Caleb Mutfwang would be brought to bear in our quest for peace and security and the development of our dear state. We cannot afford to fail the People of Plateau neither can we enforce failure by rolling the APC government. I am using this medium to further sue for peace and unity within the PDP family as we prepare to vote 5/5 Atiku/Mutfwang 2023,” he added.