By Dirisu Yakubu
Ahead of the June 26 Anambra state governorship primaries, leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Monday met with aspirants and stakeholders in Abuja in a bid to find a common ground to confront the ruling party in the state.
The meeting which had in attendance, Prince Uche Secondus, the national chairman of the party; Col. Austin Akobundu (retd); Senator Walid Jibrin, chairman, Board of Trustees of the party; Dr. Bukola Saraki, former Senate President amongst others, saw all 16 aspirants present at the Wadata Plaza, national secretariat of the party.
Addressing newsmen at the meeting, Secondus noted that the gathering became necessary in view of the tension the primary election is already eliciting, adding that the end of the meeting, the aspirants would be more united than before.
He said: “We had to call this meeting for us to interact and interface. And as usual, each time we have off-season elections, they are always very stormy, very tough. But when it is tough, we will get going.
“We are here basically for us to make sure first and foremost that all our leaders and all our aspirants are in unity. It is very important for this trying period and you know the period, we are in.
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“The country is passing through very difficult and trying period, particularly that of insecurity around the country. Everywhere is a war front. But in the East, we know what it is.
“The only way to go about it is for the right thing to be done. Let there be fairness, equity and justice, which is in deficit in our country.
“We stand for fairness, equity and justice, under the rule of law. This is a party that believes that all Nigerians are one. We must live together as brothers and sisters.”
He noted that getting Anambra among the PDP states “is the key to the mission of rescuing Nigeria.”
He continued: “Anambra is the key to the mission to bring all Nigerians together; to rebuild our country again from the hands of the APC that have destroyed our country.
“Anambra is the economic key of our country. And we must conduct our affairs to show the world that PDP is different and ready to rescue this country. That is why we are to interact with leaders of our party that are here. And at the end of this meeting, I think we will go home happily on Saturday because it will be the freest congresses that has been conducted,” he added.