Chidoka on his way to PDP, says his soul, spirit of party

The National Chairman of the People's Democratic Party, PDP, Prince
Uche Secondus Friday led a team of party leaders to Obosi, Idemili
North Local Government of Anambra State to woo back former Aviation
minister, Chief Osita Chidoka to the party.

Secondus who was represented by the Deputy National chairman of the
party, Senator Babayo Gamawa said the delegation was at the
countryhome of Chidoka because it was convinced that he remained a PDP
member in body, blood and spirit.

Babayo said Chidoka had contributed immensely to building PDP, and has
no better place to play politics or contribute to nation building than
to return to PDP.

He said, "We are bringing you in to join the rescue mission. You are a
very strong, very patriotic and very influential politician, and we
need you to join us in the mission to rebuild PDP."

Babayo said the party was aware of some of the reasons for the exit of
Chidoka, but said the party had been rebranded and was poised for
exploits in the 2019 general election.

He added that PDP had realised its mistakes and would do better if it
takes power in 2019.

The delegation which was led by Gamawa who represented the national
chairman, Prince Secondus also had Chief Austine Umahi, national vice
chair south east, and all the members of the zonal executive.

Umahi said, "We brought Babayo here because of the importance of your
return. A person of your calibre does not need to be told to return to
a party you helped to build.

"We apologise for the rancour we have been having in the party, and we
know the reason for your leaving ab initio, you are not a hidden face
in the south east, but we need people like you among us to get things

The former minister, Chidoka while replying to the delegation's
request to join the party said the matters that led to his exit from
the party was glaring, but expressed happiness that the current
leadership was addressing them.

He informed the party that the leadership of United Progressives Party
was aware of the visit of the PDP delegation to him, and that he would
reach back to them to intimate them of the visit.

"When I heard the PDP was sending a delegation to see me, I thought it
was just a small one, but you sent a high calibre delegation.

"There is urgent need to heal the land. This country has never been
this divided. Most of the issues that led to my exit has been
addressed. We cannot resolve Nigeria's structural issues at once, but
we can do so through a continuous process.

"There is need to look back at Nigeria and adjust it structurally. I
went to UPP because they agreed with my vision. We do not have to wait
for IPOB to start protesting before we address them, we do not need to
wait until Boko Haram becomes a menace. We need to restructure now.

"Nigeria is a great country, we are a unique people, and we have
energies that are fancied. What we need more is to restructure the
county and make people let off their energies.

"I have the soul and spirit of PDP and I am one of the beneficiaries
of PDP, and I am happy that the party is getting it right again."
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