Nigeria’s Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, at the 81st Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Executive Council meeting held on Thursday, called on all members of the party to work together in defence of democracy, with the aim of providing good governance to citizens.
Yesterday’s NEC meeting was his first since defecting from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to the party.
He noted that for Nigerians to feel the impact of the party in preparation for 2019 general election, there is need for inclusiveness, justice, equity and sacrifices.
The Senate President who was also appointed as the leader of the party since he is the highest public office holder in the party pledged to join others in the party to ensure a stronger democracy, security, stronger economy and quality service delivery for the benefit of Nigerians.
“For me, I am happy that I am back to the political party where I started. I am happy to see many of my colleagues here. Men and women, who have given me faith. Men and women, who make me to believe that there are still people of character.
“Many of you have made and are always ready to make sacrifices for this great party and for this nation, because you all want a better tomorrow. Now that this day has come, we have been brought together in unity, and we will forge ahead as one.”
“What we have learnt from history, and what we have continued to see, is that everyone is important on this journey that we are embarking, and no sacrifice is too much for us to make to reach that promised land. However, we will only reach that promised land when we see a greater tomorrow for our people, and for all Nigerians.
“Therefore, I want to make an appeal on behalf of all of us — when we get back to our constituencies, please, let us continue to open our arms and receive the people who have the numbers that will give us victory come February 2019. This is because, we are all here to work towards a better and greater tomorrow on behalf of all Nigerians,” Saraki said.
He also expressed gratitude to the PDP for accepting him and his fellow returnees back into the party. Others who defected to the PDP from the APC are; Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State, Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara State, Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State, and others.
“On behalf of all of us, those who have left, and are now happy to be back here, I want to assure you that we will work tirelessly to do what is right and put this country in the right situation.”
“The message that I would like to leave you all with, is: ‘Let us all work together, so that this time, our sacrifice can truly be worth it for all our people. I thank you for how the warm reception you have given to us. We are grateful that you have received us into where we truly belong,” he said.