The immediate past chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party, Senator Walid Jibrin, on Monday, opened up on why he resigned from his former position.
He said he resigned as the BOT chairman for the unity and oneness of the party, saying that “I created unity for the party.”
Jibrin declared that the decision was made to ensure the party’s presidential candidate emerged victorious in the 2023 elections.
He said, “We should never be sectional at all. If I left my position to allow others, based on my concern for Nigeria, and our party to be stronger, so, I have no regret of relinquishing my position.”
This is as he asked members of the just inaugurated Atiku-Okawa Presidential Campaign Council to immediately hit the ground running ahead of the 2023 presidential election.
According to Jibrin, in a statement released to journalists in Kaduna State, members of the just inaugurated PDP Presidential Campaign team should leave Abuja for their respective states, work and deliver votes for the party’s presidential candidate of the party, Atiku Abubakar in the 2023 presidency.
Jibrin, who was recently appointed to head the Nasarawa State Presidential Campaign Council, noted that members remaining in Abuja might not augur well for the party while assuring Nigerians that the PDP campaign would be issue-based.
This was as he assured that the current crises rocking the party, including that of Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, others were surmountable as “what is happening in the PDP” was a normal family matter.
Jibrin added that all the crises bedeviling the party ahead of the 2023 general election, would soon be a thing of the past.
“And I want to assure Nigerians that what is happening in PDP is never a problem but a normal family matter that would be solved very soon. Never, ever mention that PDP has any problem. We shall soon take over from the ruling party. Nigeria shall move forward. Cheers. May God bless all of us,” he said.
The former BOT boss also admonished members, especially the National Executive Council to remain calm in the face of the crisis rocking the party.
“I am happy to announce that Nasarawa State has appointed me to be the Chairman of the Presidential Campaign – I will lead all elders, women, and youths.
“I have started my duty in that respect and I call on all members of the Presidential Council, not to remain in Abuja, we should all go back to our units, wards, local government areas, and states, to ensure that we win our states, hands down.
“Remaining in Abuja may not augur well for us. May I also advise every one of us, EXCO, elders, youths, and others in Nasarawa State, to brace up? And may I assure Nigerians that the PDP campaign will be issue-based and all units must key into it.
“It is important that PDP remains Calm and strong; talk with one voice, and remain focused to follow the path and objectives of the Party. And to make sure all the elections are won in 2023, especially winning of the Presidential Election and encouraging, voting for Atiku Abubakar (The Waziri Adamawa) to become the President of Nigeria.
“All organs of the party must therefore create oneness and greatest positions of the party. All our elders, leaders, Youths, and all women of the party must talk with one voice and must never create any division from now on, and within the NWC.
“The NWC, which must always show a good example in all party activities; once an issue has been discussed and agreed upon, all members must abide collectively. They should never allow any person or group to use them, no matter the position of the Person.
“All Members of the party, no matter what, must accept what positions are being held and taken by the NWC, and the NWC should not come out and what they agreed; particularly by few Members of the NWC. This is not encouraging at all in our party.”
Also, the PDP Chieftain commended the Akwa-Ibom State Governor for accepting to be the Chairman of the Presidential Campaign Council as well as Alhaji Amini Tambwual, the Governor of Sokoto State, and PDP Governors’ Forum Chairman; who is the Director-General.
“I also commend the Bauchi State Governor who is also a staunch Member and Director of the Presidential Campaign. I also congratulate Chief Imoke. I congratulate all members of the campaign team, including myself who has resigned, but i took it upon myself to promote the unity of our party,” he added.