by Christiana Gokyo, Jos
The Chairman of the Electoral Panel for the 2021 Plateau State People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Congress, Hon. Prince Olusola Akonmode, has declared Chris Hassan as winner of the Congress having pulled 1,526, votes over two of his contenders, Hon. Monica Gwom (8 votes), while Hon. Bitrus Kaze pulled 186 votes, respectively, out of the 1,765 total votes cast with 48 invalid votes recorded.
The PDP State Congress exercise had a total of 1,819 delegates, who participated in the 2021 party rituals held at Langfield Lessure Park, Rayfield in Jos.
The new PDP Chairman promised to set a reconciliation structure for the growth of the party as they set to take over the seat of power at Little Rayfield in Jos.
“A robust reconciliation structure will be put in place and, by 2023, we are going to call you for the inauguration of a new Government.
“We are going to produce a Governor that will stand and protect the heritage of Plateau people, a Governor that will continue with the blueprints of our founding fathers,” he retorted.
Hon. Chris Hassan assured that, plans are underway for the receiving of decamppees in no distance time in the state, adding that, “Those who are angry and left the party, in no distance time I will be going to local governments to receive decamppees very soon, since our issues have been resolved peaceful with this State Congress.”
Former governor of Plateau State, Sen. Jonah David Jang, also called on all members of the party to put behind all that happened and forge ahead for the betterment of the good people of the state.
While assuring the party faithful that nobody shall highjack the party, for whatever reason, he called on Sen. J.T. Useni, Hon. D.T. Sango and all other leaders of the party in the state to note that nobody is going to claim this State Exco, as they are PDP Exco.
“We have cooperated with the government of APC in the ongoing eight (8) years on the Plateau. I hope they will also cooperate with us as we take over in 2023,” he stated.
He cautioned the new leadership from discriminating any members of the party again and promised that the State chapter of the party is going to give the national party all the needed support so that “the party will enable us take over Aso Rock, come 2023,” says Jang.
He commended Hon. Bitrus Kaze for his well representation of the people of Jos-South and Jos-East Federal Constituency in the National Assembly under the platform of the PDP. Jang appreciated him for his sportsmanship and assurances to better the party in the interest of Plateau people.
The party’s Caretaker Committee Chairman, Sen. Tunde Ogbeha, in his farewell message said the success of the Congress was the starting point for the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to take over power in 2023. “This is the starting point for the short takeover of the Government House Little Rayfield,” he said.
He assured party faithful that the PDP is going to participate in the forthcoming local council elections in the state.
“We will participate in the local government election, even though some governors allocate office to people, but it’s going to be difficult in the state. We will ensure that the will of the people manifest in the forthcoming local government election on the Plateau,” he stated.
Hon. Bitrus Kaze congratulated the new State Chairman and applauded the efforts of the Caretaker Committee and the transparent processes followed by the Electoral Panel in the state and promised to give his best for the People’s Democratic Party.