By Marie-Therese Nanlong
Jos—The former Deputy Governor of Plateau State during the Jonah Jang administration, Mrs. Pauline Tallen, Ambassador Fidelis Tapgun, Senator Joshua Dariye and their supporters were yesterday shunned by the state branch of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
The three political gladiators were among 61 others who came with their supporters expecting to be received by the party, having earlier been given waivers as former members.
Their colleagues were, however, not ignored as they were welcomed back to the PDP.
Addressing a large crowd which gathered at the Nefur Arena, Pankshin Local Government Area of the state, the acting state chairman of the party, Raymond Dabo charged the returnees to be faithful to the party.
However, reacting to the development, Mrs. Tallen said no one could stop them from belonging to the PDP as the national leadership of the party had recognized them and given them waivers which were communicated to the state chapter.
She stressed that politics was a game of number, adding that she had a meeting earlier with Governor Jonah Jang who assured her that all was well.
“I am suspecting foul play here and it is funny; it is laughable and we are watching to see what will come out of this because the umbrella is big enough for everyone and we had followed due process in returning to the party,” she stated.
Meanwhile, the state Commissioner for Education, Dr. Paul Wai who represented Jang on the occasion, has urged the returnees to respect the leadership of the party and work in harmony with everyone.
According to him, “We welcome every returnee to the party. PDP is a progressive party which accommodates all. The party doesn’t operate like a secret cult; that is why we are receiving our members in the open.
“No one enters his or her house through the back door. As you return, bring your experiences and join hands in moving the party forward.”
Responding on behalf of the returnees, Mr. Pam Gyang expressed happiness, saying, “nothing is better than home. We have come back to stay. Most of us are founding members of the party and we will continue to sacrifice to add value to the party.”