Segun Babatunde in Bauchi
People’s Democratic Party (PDP) State Chairman in Bauchi, Hamza Koshe said that PDP says it has tidied its house for party primaries ahead of the forthcoming Local Government Elections in the state.
“We know what it takes to be in opposition, we know why we lost elections in 2015. Our hiccups and all what have you, and we have learnt our mistakes in a bitter way, we would not allow it to happen again by God’s grace”, Koshe said.
The PDP chairman who was speaking while receiving executives of the correspondents’ chapel of the NUJ in Bauchi yesterday,stated the resolve of his party to ensure internal democracy in all its activities including party primaries.
He told the chapel executives who were in Bauchi PDP office to thank him over the appointment of one of theirs, Mu’azu Hardawa last week as his Special Assistant on media that “We will make sure that people come in together, express their own rights, their own choice and do what they want to do”.
“The State Government is planning to go on LG elections, the PDP is willing to actively participate, we need the correspondents to enlighten the people, and by God’s grace we are going to make some robust primary elections for our aspirants that are going to run for the elections”.
Alhaji Hamza Koshe therefore stressed the need for constructive criticisms not only by the journalists, but by the people generally so that PDP in Bauchi and its Government will stand aright in all matters.
Chairman of the ruling party described the thank you visit as the coming together or amalgam of the mirror and the image, and urged the journalists to depict the Party and Government in good faith, stressing that it is through the press that the rural dwellers will know what they were doing, whether good or bad.
Speaking earlier, the chairman of the correspondents’ chapel, Segun Awofadeji said the term correspondents connote all working journalists within and outside the country, having their head offices outside Bauchi, hence the engine room of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ).
Awofadeji recalled that the immediate past government in the state saw members of the correspondents’ chapel as enemies, a negative perception which even made that government to bared some of the chapel members from Government House, thereby suffering neglect during its four years of only tenure or stewardship of the state. END