No fewer than 41 candidates under the platform of The Peoples Democratic Party PDP in Niger state have been presented with certificates of return after winning the party’s primary elections to fly the party’s flag in the 2019 general election.
The presentation of the certificates was done on Monday by the state chairman of the party, Tanko Beji, who directed the candidates to begin filling all the necessary forms provided by the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC.
While performing the ceremony before an overfilled auditorium of the state secretariat of the party in Minna charged the candidates to be very meticulous while filling the forms, saying also that only correct information should be provided.
The PDP chieftain also warned the candidates not to begin their campaigns until the period stipulated by INEC, urging them to also respect the laws of the land in all their activities.
Beji commended those who contested the primary election but lost for accepting their defeat in good faith and for agreeing to support those who won, describing the attitude “as the hallmark of true democrats”.
Speaking on behalf of all the candidates, the governorship candidate for the state Alhaji Umar Mohammed Nasko, appreciated the State Working Committee (SWC) for conducting a “free, fair and transparent primary election at all levels”, adding that the non-partisan posture of the SWC made all aspirants to accept the outcomes as the decision of delegates.
Nasko said: “The primary election is already behind us, there is no victor there is no vanquished, together we should face the next stage of the battle.
“Together we will fight this historic war. Let us all march towards this historic war. It is a history that we want to make.”
He challenged PDP supporters to “put your hearts, your energy, your resources to support us. If we lose, it is the loss of everybody; if we win, it is for everybody”, adding that the candidates “want a victory that cannot be overturned by any tribunal or court”.
Nasko also assured party members that his government will be people oriented with the aim of achieving all promises during his campaign.