Abia State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr Alwell Asiforo Okere, has asked candidates of the party for the 2023 general elections to reach out to those they defeated during the just concluded primaries and ensure that there is palpable peace between them and their erstwhile opponents.
In his speech while handing over Certificates of Return from the PDP National Headquarters to them at the party’s Secretariat in Umuahia on Wednesday, Okere warned them against making provocative statements or boasts that could lead to a breach of the peace in their constituencies or zones, saying that what they possess presently is the party’s nomination and not the mandate of the people.
“What you have is PDP’s nomination. You cannot be sworn in as the representative of the people with what you have, therefore it will be foolhardy of you to assume that you’ve arrived. This is why it is necessary for you to reach out to your former opponents and make peace with them”, he admonished.
At the event, Certificates of Return and other necessary documents were issued to the 24 State House of Assembly candidates, eight House of Representatives candidates and three Senatorial candidates in the various state, federal and senatorial zones of the state.
In his remarks, the governorship candidate of the PDP in Abia State, Prof Uchenna Eleazar Ikonne congratulated the winners of the just concluded PDP primaries in Abia State and described them as champions who should work hard to actualize their mandate which the party has given.
The governorship candidate, who is the immediate past Vice Chancellor of the Abia State University (ABSU), stressed the need for peace and unity between them and their erstwhile opponents.
He enjoined them to be magnanimous in victory, pointing out that as leaders in their various constituencies and districts; they should serve as agents of peace and unity. “Be the agents of peace and harmony in your constituencies and zones everybody expects you to be, that’s how to win the people’s confidence and then win the main election”, he advised.
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