Display Sportsmanship At Convention, PDP Chieftain Tells National Chairmanship Aspirants

Display Sportsmanship At Convention, PDP Chieftain Tells National Chairmanship Aspirants
November 22 17:37 2017 Print This Article

The Chairman, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Gombe State, Mr Joel Jagafa, has advised national chairmanship aspirants of the party to display sportsmanship spirit at the Dec. 9 convention.

Jagafa gave this advice when he received one of the aspirants, Chief Raymond Dokpesi, on a campaign visit to the state in Gombe on Wednesday.

He urged the aspirants not to lead the party into fresh crisis, saying “I appeal to you all the aspirants, go to the convention and display the spirit of sportsmanship.

“We suffered while going through crisis, which we are just coming out from. We don’t want to go into crisis again.

“Try and save this party; don’t allow it to be destroyed.

“You have signed a peace accord and you must stay by it. There must be winner and losers.

“Once we have that spirit of sportsmanship, we will come out of the convention successfully,” he said.

The chairman advised Dokpesi that if elected, he should tackle the issue of imposition and impunity “which led the party into crisis’’.

Earlier, Dokpesi had told the chairman and other executive committee members of the party and faithful in the state that PDP required courageous “new faces’’ to rebuild it to regain power.

“We need a dynamic new and fresh blood in the management of the party to be able to handle the issue of the party.”

Dokpesi urged the state chapter of the party and delegates to renew their last year support for him towards winning the convention.

He also encouraged Gombe people to ensure that PDP continue to rule in the state, saying “as you can see, PDP administration has continued to improve the state’’.

Dokpesi also visited the Governor of the state, Mr Ibrahim Dankwambo, to solicit support.

In Yola, the aspirant told executive committee members and national delegates of the party in Adamawa that he would collaborate with PDP leaders to bring back aggrieved members who had left the party.

He said bringing back the aggrieved members would boost the winning chances of the party in 2019 general elections.

“The party executive has been working hard to make sure that we bring back all those that worked for the party but left along the line because of misunderstanding of 2013 and 2015.

“Even, those who left before then because of impunity and dissatisfaction in one way or the other, we must bring them back,” Dokpesi said.

Chairman of the party in Adamawa, Mr Ahmed Shehu, said that PDP needed leaders that would not mar its future and chances in 2019.

“It is left for the delegates to make the right choice,” he said.

Shehu assured Dokpesi of support at the convention.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Dokpesi also met with Amb. Wilberforce Juta, former governor of old Gongola and Mr David Barau, former deputy governor of the old state.

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