Donald Duke returns to PDP, laments Ayade’s defection

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Governor, Donald Duke, has announced his return to Peoples Democratic Party.

This was contained in a statement titled ‘ Statement Return,’ which he signed and issued, in , on Wednesday.

Duke had defected to Social Democratic Party to contest 2019 election.

In statement, governor wrote, “Dear Friends, a lot is being said about return to the Peoples Democratic Party, . Truth is, I reunited with the party almost a year ago now, but in spirit never left the ideals for which the party was founded upon.

“It is rather unfortunate that Governor Ben Ayade constantly egged me to rejoin the party has himself had cause to leave. A rather unfortunate decision for which |

neither support nor condemn, as I’m not privy to the details except his complaints being stifled and unappreciated by the leadership the party and certain elements origin at Abuja.”

He further stated, “In our early to mid-thirties buoyed by optimism and faith in our and nation, we took a plunge into the unknown world . Providence smiled at us and thrust us into the limelight and leadership of .

“In State we took on the establishment and won a razor thin victory in 1999, but through firm and adroit leadership and adherence to the democratic principles of inclusion we soon brought largely all the political class in the state under the and by 2007, we were perhaps the most state in Nigeria.

“However, post 2007, the party’s fortune started ebbing. An autocratic leadership style emerged, communication with its followers declined and emergence in the party was determined largely not by the party constitution or structures but by the whims of the State’s Chief Executive.

“This is the structure Governor Ayade inherited and has largely led us to where we are today. The very -down political style we fought against prior 1999, instead of consultation, accommodation and inclusion reared its head to the extent that founding of the party in the state including state Chairmen, Senators, of the and I, time opted out and this attrition has continued unabated to the extent that the Governor himself has left to seek pasture elsewhere.”

He expressed hope that lessons have been learnt and necessary adjustments will be made to give everyone a sense of belonging.