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The leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is treating defectors to the party’s fold to a dinner at the Transcorp Hilton, Abuja.
Speaking at the dinner, National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Prince Uche Secondus, told defectors from the ruling All Progressives Congress to be ready to fight a political war.
He said the battle to win power from the ruling party would be war as APC would not easily yield power easily.
Secondus spoke in Abuja at a dinner held by the national leadership of the party to welcome defectors from the APC, who are members of the National Assembly, into its fold.
He described the defectors as courageous men and women, who he said refused to keep quiet in the face of “flagrant disobedience of rules in the country.”
He added, “This event is organised in honour of those who took bold steps to join others to rescue the nation.
“They are heroes. They could have chosen to remain where they were and even return to their seats (in the National Assembly), but because they could not see what is going on in the country and keep quiet. That is why they are here.
“They cannot see the killings, the frame-ups, the unemployment and the kind of military democracy that cannot even be described, that they are foisting on us and keep quiet. If we are in the military government, we would know. Rule of law and court orders are no longer obeyed
“These heroes of democracy who have decided to move from the ruling party are unusual men. We need to honour them. Their decision is in defence of democracy.
“But let remind you that we are very far from getting there. Be ready to fight both real and proxy wars.
Senator Dino Melaye who represented Senate President Bukola Saraki at the dinner tendered his apologies.
“I want to start by apologising on behalf of the irremovable leader of the Senate and the leader of the PDP at the National Assembly, Senator Bukola Saraki, he has asked me to apologise that he is not physically here. He has asked that I only represent him but to tender his apologies for not being here.
“We want to thank the PDP and particularly the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party, and the entire NEC of the party, the board of the party and the highly intellectually mobile chairman of our party. I now realise that it is for a time like this that God preserved the life of Secondus.
“As an oracle of the Most High God, when I call upon Him, He answers. He spoke to me again and He said: my son Dino and I answered, my Lord speak for thy servant listenings. And He told me, our leader Secondus is going to be chairman of the ruling party in 2019”.