Plateau State Governor Jonah Jang has called on the Peoples Democratic Party leadership to reject members who defected from the party to contest elections in other parties.
Jang said when he paid a courtesy call on the PDP National Working Committee in Abuja on Tuesday that shunning such people would help deepen the country’s democracy.
He advised the Chairman of the party, Dr. Bamanga Tukur, and other members of the NWC to stand their ground on such issue.
Some members of the party had defected from it to either contest against the party’s candidates or even sponsored candidates against them.
In this category were the former governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayodele Fayose; a former governor of Oyo State, Alhaji Rasheed Ladoja; Jang’s deputy, Mrs. Pallen Tallen; and many others.
Jang said, “Reconciliation relating to the issue of membership is the commendable efforts of the national chairman towards reconciliation and for harmony in the party.
“It may not be appropriate to discuss reconciliation with people who are jumping from one party to another seeking election platforms.
“We are however persuaded that just as Mr. President had reason to counsel those who think parties are mere platforms for seeking public offices, and often jump from one party to another, those that left the PDP to contest elections should remain in those parties and provide constructive opposition and multi-party platforms.”
Tukur said he had noted all the issues raised by the governor and promised that they would be addressed at the appropriate time.