By Victor Akinkuolie, Ado-Ekiti
As part of its reconciliation move, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Ekiti State chapter has received aggrieved members who dumped the party for another during the last governorship election in the State.
Receiving the old members, the Deputy National Chairman, Southwest Zone, Alhaji Taofik Arapaja, appealed to the aggrieved members to sheath their swords over the past actions and irregularities that pushed them out.
Arapaja also appealed to the party members to let go of the past and work together as one towards securing victory for the party in the 2023 presidential election.
He said: “We need to vote out APC for the sake of the progress of Nigeria because the APC lack the capacity to bring any positive change.
“We can’t achieve anything in a state of disunity, because we need to be united to move our party forward, I apologize to you to let go of the past and join hands together to strengthen our union.
“On behalf of all the leaders of PDP I plead that you find a place in your heart to forgive us he said.
In his address of welcome, the coordinator, PDP Ekiti Progressives and leader of the returnees, Mr. Wale Ayeni who led the supporters back to the party said they left because they were treated with disdain by the leaders of the party in the state.
According to him, “In various activities of the election including the primary election, we were treated like strangers as if we were never members of the party.
‘The process that led to the primary election in Ekiti State was irregular but the leadership looked away and that was the basis for the break in the party.
“We lost majority of the party big wigs to APC due to lack of sense of belongings and because the party failed to uphold justice, fairness and inclusiveness.
Earlier, the Senator representing Ekiti South Senatorial District, Biodun Olujimi and the PDP House of Representatives Candidate for the Ekiti South Constituency Henrich Akomolafe who facilitated the return of the aggrieved members noted that PDP had learnt from its mistakes and urged the returnees to return to their wards and begin Mobilization for the party.
The duo welcomed the party faithful and saluted their courage for returning to the party saying they made the right decision.
They that the party members who left in anger could not be blamed because the level of irregularities in PDP at that time was at the height of it.
They urged the returnees to begin massive mobilization for Atiku and Okowa saying PDP remains the solution to Nigeria’s problem.