Jonathan visits Kaduna, to receive defectors on Tuesday

By The Citizen

President Goodluck Jonathan will on Tuesday at the North-West zonal rally of the ruling Peoples' Democratic Party receive defectors from other political parties to the PDP.

Among those expected at the rally with the President are Vice President Namadi Sambo; Senate President David Mark; Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal; National Chairman of the PDP, Adamu Mu'azu; BoT's Chairman, Chief Tony Anenih, and PDP governors from the zone.

Inaugurating a PDP stakeholders committee at the International Trade Complex, Kaduna, on Monday, the state governor, Mukhtar Yero, asked defected members of the ruling party to forgive him if he had offended them and return to the PDP ahead of the 2015 elections.

The governor also noted that he had forgiven those who might have stepped on his toes before assuming the leadership in the state.

He  assured the gathering that he would be fair to all in performing his duties as the state governor.

He said, 'This gathering is a clear sign that the PDP is still the strongest party in the state. The PDP has been in power in Kaduna State since 1999 and many among us have benefited from the party. Everyone has his time; if you have benefited before and now, you are not, it could be a test from the Almighty but patience is the key as tomorrow may be your turn.

'Even if a stakeholder has one leg in PDP and one leg outside, once he did not return his PDP card, he is still in the PDP as far as I'm concerned. He might be in that position because of certain doubts, but now that they would be inaugurated, he will be sure of a future in the party. There should be no favoritism and the youths must also be considered.

'I have forgiven all who offended  me because I don't want to stand before God and be judged because of anybody due to my position as a governor. I also plead with everybody to forgive me too. I want PDP to be successful, power comes from God and there shouldn't be thuggery or violence in the struggle for power.'