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PDP sets up committee to woo back defectors

23 July 2013, 16:00

Jos  - The Zone three chapter of the PDP in Kaduna State has set up a 15-man committee to woo back top members, who defected to other groups, according to the Zonal Chairman, Joseph Gumbari.

Gumbari told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Jos on Tuesday that the committee’s main focus was to "ask such people, who  left, to come back to where they rightly belong’’.

"We do not have crisis in our chapter or any where in Kaduna, but these former members left the party because they felt aggrieved over one thing or the other.

"We need all members so as to work as a team for maximum success; we hope to make them return unconditionally and shall offer them all rights and privileges due to every member of the PDP,’’ he said.

He named some of the defectors to include Sen Caleb Zagi, former Water Resources Commissioner, Mikaih Tokwak and former Zango-Kataf Vice Chairman, Francis Kozah.

Others include former member of the Kaduna House of Assembly, Francis Duniya, and other former PDP stalwarts like Hussein Dembo.

"There is the need to bring them back to the fold because a lot of them are strong members, who had also benefited immensely either as elected or appointed holders of public offices; we believe we shall gain more by being together.

"I am told that some of them still want to contest positions; we shall not stand on their way once they are acceptable to the people,’’ he said.

Gumbari, who chairs the 15-man team, said that membership was drawn from the party structure, representatives of the eight local governments in the zone, while the state and national assembly had one representative each.

"Other key members include former Aviation Minister, Felix Hyat," he said.

On the performance of elected officials, Gumbari said that the party had always emphasised the need for every office holder to justify the confidence reposed on him or her.

"At our general and caucus meetings, we always harped on the need for leaders to strive to live up to public expectations because everyone must be accountable to the society and the nation,’’ he said.

Gumbari expressed confidence that the PDP would continue to win elections in the South of the state, and declared that the party had performed creditably and, therefore, deserved such support.

 - NAN

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