Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State Wednesday met behind closed doors with the 36 chairmen of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and charged them to reposition the party ahead of the 2019 general elections.
At the conference hall of the Government House, Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital, Emmanuel said it was time for every stakeholder of the PDP to close ranks and work to reposition it for the challenges ahead.
Governor Emmanuel who is also the chairman of the South South/South East PDP, stressed the importance of the meeting, saying he had to cut short other crucial engagements in Abuja, to be part of the forum.
He assured of support for the party from relevant stakeholders and craved for a holistic action plan to reorganise the party and return it to its winning ways in 2019.
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The governor said, PDP was working to address every teething problem bedeviling it.
He added that “all state congresses of the party would be concluded before the end of November.”
Emmanuel stated that the need to fix the party ahead of the polls in 2019 would form part of the party’s action plan at the National Executive Council (NEC) meeting billed for Tuesday next week.
Obong Paul Ekpo, chairman of the PDP in the state, who doubles as the chairman of the Conference of PDP State Chairmen in Nigeria, told the governor that the meeting became necessary to find a way forward for the party.
“We have taken positive resolutions that will help our party,” Ekpo said and enjoined party leaders and stakeholders to remain united under the PDP to ensure the party regain its national appeal.
He added that the party had taken a resolution to partner relevant stakeholders with a view to galvanising inputs on how to effectively address the challenges facing the party in time for the big polls.