Former Governor of Plateau State and Leader of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Jonah Jang, has told the PDP what to do to avoid defeat in next year’s presidential election.
The PDP chieftain said that with the completion of primaries, it has become urgent for the PDP to put its house in order to make an impact during the 2023 general elections.
Addressing journalists, yesterday, in Jos, Jang recalled that the recent governorship election in Ekiti State showed that no party can go to the general election divided.
He warned that PDP must unite or face defeat in the general elections.
“It is instructive that we must return to the drawing board, right our wrong decisions and begin to ensure that we are prepared to go to the field without any baggage from the decisions we have taken,” Jang stated.
The former governor said he was compelled to add his voice to that of the prominent members of the party who expressed dismay with the recent happenings, particularly with the emergence of the party’s vice presidential candidate.
According to him, how the vice presidential candidate emerged was very disheartening.
He said: “We all are aware that the party, in consultation with the presidential candidate, set up a committee to select a running mate. To turn around and throw away the outcome of the exercise is clear proof that the work of the committee was either not appreciated or was not going to be in consideration ab initio.”
Quoting Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State, who was a member of the 17-member committee set up by Atiku to recommend a running mate for him, he said: “Fourteen of us in the committee said the person should be Nyesom Wike. Unfortunately, Atiku picked Ifeanyi Okowa, in his wisdom.”
He added: “You cannot ignore a decision of a committee you set up yourself and expect people to be happy.
“We cannot disregard people, who have dedicated themselves to building the party and expect to make meaningful progress. That such people are treated the way the party is currently doing is a pointer to the fact that more is to come. No one who intends to go against the APC, which has failed in its promises but thrives on propaganda, will go with a divided camp. This explains the urgency with which the party ought to retrace its step in the right direction with the hope of salvaging the already bad situation within the shortest time,” he concluded.
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