From Femi Oyelola, Kaduna
Kaduna State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chairman, Honourable Hassan Hyet said that Nigerians are suffering because the party failed to keep its house in order and remain in power.
He stated this while speaking when one of the candidates for National Chairmanship of the party, Otunba Gbenga Daniel (OGD) visited Kaduna as part of his tour ahead of the party’s convention billed for December 9, 2017.
“Even if the South West is qualified or not, Gbenga Daniel is qualified. So come December 9, God will wipe our tears. We want to implore all our leaders from the states to know they have allowed PDP to suffer, and by extension Nigerians are suffering. Companies close up, construction companies stay for two years without working, and all we hear and read on papers is that they are planning,” he lamented.
Speaking further, he said: “Now that not just Nigerians but the whole world is saying PDP put your house in order, we are waiting, so that on the 10th of December, it would be drumming and drumming and drumming,” he stressed.
Hyet said that OGD is part of Kaduna, and by right one of the most respected elder citizens in Nigeria.
“From what I know about you, I call your visit a formality. The way you have presented yourself and addressed our people in very gentle but penetrative words accompanied by a sweet smile is endearing to us.
“Let me say without contradiction, I cherish the way you have been doing your campaign. At no time has the party felt pains from your campaign. Only a focused leader can do this without insulting anybody. It shows that before any tour, you always hold meetings with your people and your message sinks well.
Also speaking, DG of the campaign, Mr. Nicholas, said that they were honoured to be at the melting pot of the North and the political capital of Northern Nigeria.
He said Kaduna was one of the two fortunate states to have a former minister as its party chairman in the state, with Plateau being the second. He said OGD insisted that they must visit all the states; that’s why they were visiting Kaduna, which is the 31st state they have toured.
He said they were visiting each state because they want a one-on-one encounter with all the delegates.
“We are here because we want to plead with you not because we have money
more than any other aspirant, but because we want to reclaim power in 2019.
“OGD was a two-term governor, a nationalist and experienced politician; the main
reason why he should be the National Chairman. We are pleading with you, just as we have done in other states that we have toured, to give us your votes. We emphasize that we are returning power back to the people,” he said.
The DG campaign assured that under an OGD Chairmanship, the LG chairmen of the party will be strengthened from the ward and the local government level, so that they can have strong base at the grassroots.
In his own remarks Gbenga Daniel said Kaduna is important because Kaduna
is a PDP state, reminding people of the state that the present governor, El-rufa’I, was PDP Minister. According to him, “Something happened at 2010 convention and the party lost many of its members.”
“We would use the 2017 convention to correct that. Kaduna is one of the states that would fall back to PDP. People are beginning to say they miss PDP. By God’s grace we will form the next government in Kaduna State.
“The beauty of the PDP is that power belongs to people; but we lost it due to lack of internal democracy – and in the last few years, power is not in the hands of the people. Power eluded people; and when the opportunity came, I felt we should go round, so that power can come back to the people,” he stressed.
OGD said that at the states they have been to, they are happy that the people are yearning for the return of the party. “They said all they are enjoying are things done by PDP. In Katsina, they said what they are enjoying is Shema’s work. Same in Jigawa. In Benue they said they are regretting APC leadership,” he said.