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Saraki heads PDP reconciliation committee, warns Secondus against interference

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The National Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has inaugurated the reconciliation committee headed by former Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, to reconcile aggrieved members of the party across the country.

DAILY NIGERIAN reports that members of the committee include former Katsina State Governor, Ibrahim Shema; former Gombe State Governor, Ibrahim Dankwabo; and forrmer Cross River State Governor, Liyel Imoke.

Others are former Senate President, Anyim Pius Anyim; and a former Majority Leader in the House of Representatives, Mulikat Akande.

Speaking shortly after the inauguration in Abuja on Wednesday, Mr Saraki warned the NWC and the National Chairman of the party, Uche Secondus, against interfering in their reconciliatory efforts.

Mr Saraki warned that himself and other members in the committee would not hesitate to resign if Mr Secondus and his colleagues in the NWC failed to give members of the committee a free hand to operate.

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He said: “We are however very clear that our most important partner in this assignment is the NWC. Therefore, we seek your support and cooperation to ensure the success of this committee on its Herculean assignment.

“As members of this committee, we have decided to do only what is right. We do not have any personal interest and will not allow any interest other than of the party and what represents the truth, equity, objectivity, unity and peace to influence what we will do.

“The NWC must also give us free hand to operate. I want to make it very clear that we will put in our best. That is why we seek the cooperation of the NWC.

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“However, if we see any sign that the NWC is working to undermine us or that we are not working in sync in the performance of this assignment, with all sense of responsibility; we will not hesitate to tender our resignation. That is what the members of the committee have asked me to convey to you, Mr. Chairman”.

Speaking on the chances of the PDP in the 2023 general elections, Mr Saraki said the party remained the best platform to rebuild and unite the country.

“I am proud to note that PDP is still the best platform through which we can rebuild and unite Nigeria.

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“One indication about the significance of this party is that it is the only political party that has at least a governor in all the six geopolitical zones of our country.

“Our party is also the only party which has members in all the households, streets, polling zones, wards, local government areas, states and across the country such that it is said that any street or community where the symbol of the umbrella is not sighted may not be part of the Nigerian territory.

“It is our belief and that of many members of this party that our chances in the 2023 elections are very bright and we need to unite ourselves to further brighten the chances,” Mr Saraki said.

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