Five months after it was dethroned by All Progressives Congress (APC), the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), stakeholders in Kaduna North area have regrouped and restated their commitment to remain in the party and strategize on how to reclaim power from the ruling APC in 2019.
The PDP stakeholders also vowed to retake all the party strongholds captured in 2015 elections by APC and expressed optimism that PDP would bounce back considering the feelers the party is getting from large number of supporters and other Nigerians who still believe in its ideology.
Addressing newsmen after the stakeholders closed door meeting at the weekend, former senator, Mohammed Aruwa, who presided over the meeting said members of PDP were working hard to ensure the party remains organized and united.
On the party’s resolve to play the role of an opposition party, “Our members are also working assiduously to achieve the established goal of a formidable opposition party”.
According to Aruwa, PDP is still party with hybrid of leaders with the requisite experience to provide Nigerians with a focused leadership.
“That APC defeated our party in the 2015 elections in the state and federal levels is not enough grounds to write off the party”.
The former Senator, who represented Kaduna North Central in the National Assembly, however urged all PDP members in the state to be patient and work closely with the party in its effort to reclaim power at all levels come 2019.
Meanwhile, reacting to allegation of defection of some members that PDP to APC in Kaduna North, Aruwa said it is baseless rumours, stressing, “ We are saying authoritatively that no PDP member within Kaduna North defected to APC, we have no information about anyone that has indicated interest to do so’”.
– Idibia Gabriel, Kaduna