By Anayo Okoli
Umuahiaâ€”Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Abia State says it has sworn to â€œcaptureâ€ the state in the 2011 general elections. The party stated this during a unity rally organised by the North Senatorial District of the party, held at Ahaba Imenyi Central School in Isiukwuato Local Government Area.
Abia PDP said it has the men and material to achieve the feat and has resolved to put its house in order to retake the state, come 2011.
In his message, the National Chairman of the Party, Prince Vincent Ogbulafor, said PDP won most elective positions in the 2007 general elections in Abia except the governorship seat and vowed that the party would not repeat the mistake in 2011.
â€œGovernment House, Umuahia eluded us because we made a mistake. We have all elected representatives, except the Governor. Shall it elude us in 2011,â€ he asked, to which the crowd responded â€˜no.â€™ He enjoined them to cast their votes for the PDP at the appropriate time.
Mrs. Nkiru Onyejeocha, representing Isuikwuato/Umunneochi Federal Constituency and Nnenna Ukeje, Bende Federal Constituency as well as Chief Mba Ukaha,Ohafia North State Constituency, said PDP has no reason to lose the governorship of Abia to another party in 2011.
â€œWe donâ€™t have any reason not to take Abia by 2011. God has given us all we need to grab the governorship position in 2011,â€ Onyejeocha said.
The rally witnessed the welcome back of some top Abia politicians, who either returned to or joined the PDP.
They were welcomed by the National Chairman, who commended the new party members for decamping to the PDP, saying â€œthey have seen the light.â€
â€œWe want people that will help us catch Government House in 2011. Obviously, God has written it and we are waiting for its fulfillment. All of you here are very important in this project. We need your votes. Donâ€™t waste it, but use it at the appropriate time, for us to make a better Abia for all of us,â€ Ogbulafor said.
In his address, the state chairman of PDP, Chief Ndidi Okereke, told party supportersÂ that PDP, despite being in opposition in the state,Â was growing in numerical strength as more people are joining it from other parties.