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Ex-governors will bring new members to PDP ahead of 2023 – Saraki

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Ex Senate President, Bukola Saraki, announced on Wednesday that former governors elected on the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) platform would bring new individuals to the party ahead of the 2023 election.

He unveiled this to journalists at the end of a meeting between the PDP Reconciliation and Strategy Committee and the former governors at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja.

Saraki, who is the director of the committee, said the team decided to meet the ex-governors subsequent to meeting former President Goodluck Jonathan at his Abuja home.

He likewise dismissed suggestions that the ex- president are intending to dump the PDP ahead of 2023 election.

The former governors at the meeting were Peter Obi (Anambra), Abdulfatai Ahmed (Kwara), Attahiru Bafarawa (Sokoto), Ayodele Fayose (Ekiti), Ahmed Makarfi (Kaduna), Boni Haruna (Adamawa) and Ibrahim Shema (Jigawa).

Others were – Emmanuel Uduaghan (Delta), Gabriel Suswam (Benue), Sam Egwu (Ebonyi), Idris Wada (Kogi), Babangida Aliyu (Niger) and Liyel Imoke (Cross River), among others.

Saraki said: “We have gotten their assurances that they are not going anywhere; instead they are going to bring in more people. Yesterday (Tuesday), we met with our former President. Today (Wednesday), we are consulting with our former governors who are our key stakeholders.

“We had a very useful and productive meeting. The ex-governors have all shown their commitment towards the party and their readiness to go and strengthen our party in their states and the national level to ensure that the PDP is well prepared for the 2023 election.

“I want to see them more active, because their silence sometimes might be misinterpreted, but they’ve promised me and the committee that they will be more active workers of the party. You will hear more of their voices now that they have spoken up.”

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