Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State, who is chairman of the Presidential Campaign Council of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday, urged warring parties in the party to sink their differences ahead of the general elections saying it would take collaborative efforts to win the 2023 polls.
The PDP has been engulfed in a crisis over the removal of its National Chairman, Senator Iyorchia Ayu
The party’s Presidential Candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and Governor Nyesom of Rivers State have been engaged in a feud over Ayu’s removal.
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Recall that Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State and some PDP leaders in the South-West had called for Ayu’s resignation last week.
But the Publicity secretaries of Ondo, Osun, Ogun, Ekiti and Lagos, dissociated themselves from calls for the resignation of Dr Iyorchia Ayu.
Speaking on his appointment as Chairman of the Atiku Abubakar’s Campaign Council, Governor Emmanuel urged PDP leaders and members to bury the hate and work together for the success of the party in the forthcoming general elections.
“I also want to say that no one person can do it alone. It involves everybody in all the units, all the wards and all chapters of our party to come together for the party to move forward.
“I want to use this platform to make an appeal that if we had made mistakes in the past we cannot wind back the clock.
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“We cannot recall what had passed yesterday. We can move forward in the spirit of oneness, unity, prosperity and progress for our party, I’ll really appreciate it.”
On the expected outcome of the elections, the governor said: “The issue of the Campaign Council is a very simple matter; our own duty is to do the campaign and Nigerians to vote for us and then God to give the victory.”
However, as the 2023 polls draw closer, pundits believe the PDP must work extra hard to win votes from the southern region as citizens from this region believe they were subverted during the party primaries.