By Henry Umoru
ABUJA — AHEAD of the April 11 governorship election, National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Adamu Muazu, yesterday, met with all the governorship candidates on the platform of the PDP.
The meeting which took place yesterday at the National Executive Committee, NEC, hall of the PDP National Secretariat, also had in attendance the PDP Deputy National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus; National Organising Secretary, Alhaji Abubakar Mustapha; National Woman Leader, Chief Kema Chikwe, other members of the National Working Committee, NWC, and State Chairmen of the party.
Vanguard gathered that the meeting was the first since they emerged as candidates and after the PDP Presidential Candidate, President Goodluck Jonathan lost to the Presidential Candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, General Muhammadu Buhari (retd) in last Saturday’s election.
PDP governorship candidates present at the meeting were: Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, Delta State; Senator Benedict Ayade, Cross River; Nyesom Wike, Rivers; Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, Adamawa; Senator Abdallah Wali, Sokoto; Gambo Lawan, Borno; Mahmud Aliyu Shinkafi, Zamfara; and Umar Mohammed Nasko, Niger.
Also present were: Senator Teslim Folarin, Oyo; Udom Emmanuel, Akwa Ibom; Senator Gyang Pwajok, Plateau; Terhemba Tarzoor, Benue; Isiaka Gboyega, Ogun, among others.
Soon after the meeting at the Wadata Plaza, PDP governorship candidates were conveyed in two Coaster buses to have another round of meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
A source at the Wadata meeting told Vanguard that PDP National Chairman, Adamu Muazu urged the candidates to go and work harder in their various states and asked them not to be demoralised with what happened last Saturday where President Jonathan lost the election to General Muhammadu Buhari, retd.
Muazu was said to have also told the candidates that the presidential and National Assembly elections should afford them the opportunity to make strategies and win the elections.
At the meeting, which was held behind closed doors, PDP National Chairman was said to have told the PDP governorship candidates that with what the party had done in the last 16 years, they were sure of victory in their respective states.