SIGN OF THINGS TO COME – SARAKI, EKWEREMADU, DINO MELAYE VISIT NEW PDP CHAIRMAN

Latimore Fred Oghenesivbe: National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus has declared a no VICTOR, NO VANQUISH collective victory principle to pave way for early reconciliation across board, especially those who stormed out of the electoral process while the National Convention lasted.

He made the declaration today Monday 11th December, 2017 at the official hand over ceremony which took place at the PDP National Secretariat in Abuja.

Secondus said his victory is victory for all party faithfuls who fought doggedly to save PDP from extinction, adding that his rivals at the convention should join hands with him, members of Exco and the party leadership to rebuild the party so as to wrestle political power from President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC) come 2019.

"I declare that there is NO VICTOR, NO VANQUISH. We must work together to win elections and that we must do in 2019," Secondus said.

Former National Chairman of the party's Caretaker Committee, Senator Ahmed Makarfi while handing over to Secondus advised the new Chairman and the party leadership to immediately commence reconciliation moves by reaching out to all aggrieved members of the party including Chief Bode George and Prof Tunde Adeniran.

He noted that the gains of unity among leaders and party faithfuls expressed through the peaceful conduct of the national convention must be built upon so that victory in the forthcoming general elections can be achieved without division and rancour across the six geopolitical zones of the party.

"We must immediately reach out to aggrieved members of our great party, do the needful to keep the political family united and structures kept in watertight solidarity to enable us uproot APC from Aso Rock in 2019," Makarfi said.

The handover ceremony ably concluded the entire convention process which has been adjudged by Nigerians and foreign observers as one of the most credible, free, fair and transparent party conventions since the advent of democracy in1999.

Both the new PDP National Chairman and former Caretaker Committee Chairman commended members of the Gov Okowa led National Convention Planning Committee for their inestimable contributions to the survival of the party and democracy in Nigeria, pointing out that if the committee had failed; its negative consequences would have plunge the Nigeria nation into a sorrowful and pitiable state.

In a related development, Senate President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Senator Dr Bukola Saraki, his deputy, Senator (Barrister) Ike Ekweremadu and distinguished Senator Dino Melaye were at the Transcorp Hilton Abuja to celebrate the victory of Prince Uche Secondus as the new National Chairman of PDP.

The trio were seen clicking wine glasses with Secondus and at the same time engaged themselves in political jokes, snapping of the feet and deep discussions on how to move Nigeria forward.

Political analysts say the Saraki Senate caucus which is glued to the Atiku Abubakar's national political network may spring surprises before the forthcoming general elections by returning home to their first love, the PDP.

His Excellency the former Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar upon returning to PDP before the party's Elective National Convention urged Saraki, Rotimi Amaechi and other prominent members of the APC to return to PDP, adding that APC has nothing to offer Nigerians.

"APC promised us restructuring but they later denied. Nigeria is now divided than ever before in the history of our nation. We cannot continue to tolerate this good for nothing party, called APC," Atiku added.

Photo below: Senate President Buhari Saraki, Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu, Distinguished Senator Dino Melaye celebrating with new National Chairman of PDP, Prince  at Transcorp Hilton Abuja.

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