The Peoples Democratic Party has continued to receive more defectors from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). Following successful Zonal rallies in Plateau Southern Senatorial Zone which held in Shendam and Jos South for Plateau Northern Senatorial Zone.
During the Central Zone Rally which held in Pankshin on Saturday January 14th, 2023 the PDP witnessed a large turnout of stakeholders and party supporters who came out in their numbers to support candidates of the PDP at all levels, especially those running for office within Plateau Central Senatorial Zone.
During the rally over fifty thousand members of the APC who defected to the PDP were received across the five (5) LGAs of the Zone. Plateau Central Chairman of the PDP Engineer Jerry Satmak presented leaders of the defectors to the party at the event.
Leaders of the defectors from Bokkos, Mangu, Kanam, Kanke and Pankshin LGAs took turns to express happiness for the opportunity to return to the PDP where they belong. According to them, the defectors have all been received into the PDP family from the Unit, Ward and Local Government levels, stressing that their appearance at the Pankshin Zonal rally was just a symbolic appearance given that they and thousands of their supporters had already returned to the PDP in their units, wards and LGAs. They we officially given the PDP flag as a mark of their acceptance into the PDP fold by the State Chairman of the PDP, Hon Chris Adukuchili Hassan.
They symbolically burnt brooms and ripped into pieces APC flags they brought to demonstrate their total surrender to the PDP. They all promised to support the PDP to win in their various Units in the February and March polls respectively.
Former Governor of Plateau State, Da Senator Jonah David Jang while speaking at the event appreciated all Gubernatorial aspirants who had contested with Barrister Caleb Mutfwang for keeping faith with the PDP to ensure that the party was victorious in the February and March 2023 Polls.
The Gubernatorial Candidate of the PDP, Barrister Caleb Mutfwang, flanked by his Deputy Ngo Josephine Piyo, party EXCO and stakeholders thanked that people of Bokkos, Kanam, Kanke, Mangu and Pankshin for coming out to show that PDP had taken over Plateau Central Senatorial Zone. He promised not disappoint the people of Plateau Central and indeed Plateau People when elected, while promising to ensure that the people of Plateau enjoy the dividends of democracy. A minute silence was observed in honor of the Wife of the former State Chairman of the PDP Mrs DT Sango who died a night before the rally.
Highpoint of the event was the symbolic presentation of flags to candidates of PDP in the zone. Those presented with flags include Ambassador G.Y Gotom, the Senatorial Candidate of the PDP Plateau Central Zone, Hon Ziphion Terkop Chrysanthus the PDP Candidate for Pankshin/Kanke/Kanam Federal Constituency, Hon Solomon Bulus Maren, the PDP Candidate for Mangu/Bokkos Federal Constituency and all House of Assembly Candidates of the PDP across the zone.
Goodwill and solidarity messages were received from National Assembly Candidates from Plateau North led by the PDP Candidate for Plateau North Senatorial Zone Hon Simon Mwadkwon and the PDP Candidate for Jos East/Jos South Federal Constituency Hon Dachung Musa Bagos.
Member Representing Jos East/Jos South Federal Constituency and PDP Candidate for Jos East/Jos South Federal Constituency Hon Dachung Musa Bagos giving his solidarity message