- The Peoples Democratic Party has reportedly reached out to former minister of information, Jerry Gana among others over the forthcoming 2019 general elections
- Gana recently dumped the party for the Social Democratic Party
- The party’s reconciliation committee is reportedly headed by the Governor of Bayelsa state, Seriake Dickson
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is said to have started calling on some of its chieftains who recently dumped the party for the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in ensuring that the defectors returned to its fold before the forthcoming 2019 general elections.
New Telegraph reports that among those already reached out to by the Uche Secondus-led National Working Committee (NWC) of the PDP included former minister of information, Jerry Gana and former minister of education Tunde Adeniran.
Legit.ng gathered that the party’s reconciliation committee is headed by the Governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Dickson, is ready for submission.
According to a source, the committee made appreciable progress in the course of its meetings with members who felt dissatisfied with the outcome of the December 2017, national convention of the party.
On the move by the PDP leadership to bring back members who recently defected to the SDP to return, the source disclosed that while some members were initially of the view that the defectors should be allowed to go on the ground that they are “mere paper tigers,”
The source said: ''If you recall what happened to us in 2015, when we lost five of our governors to the then opposition APC, you will see the justification why the NWC is making effort to make sure that those who left the PDP for the SDP return to the fold.
''We are not underrating anyone as we need the support of all our members, no matter their political weight, as we mobilise to unseat the APC come 2019.
''This informed why the party’s leadership ignored the advice by some members to let go of the likes of Gana and Adeniran since they have made up their minds to leave us.
''Asked what would be the next step by the PDP should the move to woo back the defectors fail, the source said the party was not foreclosing anything for now as it was equally working on an alliance with the SDP.
''We’ve met with some leaders of the SDP and it was agreed that both parties – PDP and SDP – should continue with their respective mobilizations for the 2019 elections. It not unlikely that we may join forces during the polls and that is why we have opted to handle the defection of some of our members to the SDP with utmost care.
''You can imagine a situation where we join issues with Gana and Adeniran because they left us, only for us to come back to work with them in the forthcoming elections given the understanding we already have with the SDP, which they defected to.''
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the PDP concluded plans to launch an all-time action that would see some members of the All Progressives Congress return to the opposition party ahead of 2019.
Top among those penciled for this are Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto and a presidential aspirant of the APC in 2015, Rabiu Kwakwanso.
The move comes as the party reportedly begins search for a presidential candidate ahead of 2019.
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