The Niger State chapter of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, said the only task ahead of it for the 2023 elections is to regain leadership of the state.
Barrister Tanko Beji stated this while presenting his acceptance speech after being declared state Chairman in the Saturday state congress by the Deputy Governor of Benue State and Chairman Congress Committee, Engr. Benson Abounu, at the party secretariat in Minna, the Niger State capital.
He insisted that anything short of victory is not acceptable.
Abounu had in the early hours of Sunday declared Beji as the winner of the contest and returned for a second term.
In the election of a total of 2305 delegates accredited, Tanko polled 2092 votes to beat his opponent, Engr. Ahmed Muktar, who got only two votes, as eight votes were null and void.
The newly elected state Chairman explained that against this backdrop, party faithful must work together assiduously to achieve the task ahead of the party as there is no time to waste.
“This is my second coming, and we told party faithfuls across the state during our electioneering campaign that, if elected, we will work assiduously in the interest of the party”
“We have one task ahead of us and the task is to regain leadership of Niger state. Anything short of that is not acceptable. So we must work together to ensure we get back the government of Niger State. We will change the narratives, we are going to work together for the success of the party,” he said.
Beji revealed that members who put in their time and resources for the progress of the party in the state would be rewarded adequately, saying,”on the other hand, if you betray the party, disciplinary actions will be taken against you.”
He expressed the readiness of the party executives to work to the best of their ability and even engage those that lost in the election in order to move the party forward.
” We will work for you with the fear of God and to the best of our ability. We will be talking to the people, particularly those who contested with us, but God decided to give us the opportunity not, because of our power not, because of our strength. We shall not exhaust our limit, we will ensure that those who need to be talked to are talked to, so that together we can move our party forward,” the chairman stated.
He thanked the National Working Committee for deeming it convenient to order the election as well as all the executives that traveled to Minna to witness the congress.