The much-awaited APC House of Representatives primary election for Pankshin/Kanke/Kanam Federal Constituency has produced a ‘no victor no vanquished’ outcome that has left the party in the constituency a more united one big family.
Many had anticipated a fractured party in the aftermath of the primary election due to the tensed atmosphere preceding the exercise, but to the glory of God, all of us came out victorious, with the mandate of the party handed to me on behalf of all of us.
Let me deliberately start my appreciation by thanking my co-aspirants; Hon. Abas Wokdung, Hon. Wallok Goma and Hon. David Barji for the maturity exhibited during our electioneering. You upheld the highest sense of decorum that ensured relationships were not strained by reason of our clashed interests.
Our supporters, out of love for our separate aspirations, might have used foul languages in defence of our candidacy, but at our personal levels, we maintained the cordiality desired of a family with a mere dissimilar views of how to confront the common problem of our people.
I apologize on behalf of all our overzealous loyalists, for any ill feelings occasioned by the use of derogatory words on any of us.
I especially appreciate my brothers, Hon. Abas Wokdung and Hon. Wallok Goma for the doggedness exhibited in the pursuit of their ambition to represent our people in a way I might have failed to consider in my three years sojourn in the National Assembly so far. You fought to the end and congratulated me for our collective victory after the results were announced.
This show of sportsmanship is a rare display of genuine love for the cause we all seek to advance in our individual perspectives. Together we shall work for the success of the party in the forthcoming general elections, and with your inputs, we shall further advance the benefits of governance to the people of PKK.
The think-tanks of the VOGA movement, my revered members of the PKK Elders Advisory Committee comprising Nde John Gobak, Prof. SMG Kanam, Nde Joshua Waklek amongst others; you are the brains behind this victory. You have ensured the ship of PKK emancipation has remained on course with your wise elderly counsel. Your contribution in the development of our constituency will always be appreciated, and posterity will be kind to you for such selfless sacrifices.
The leader of our great party and Executive Governor of Plateau State, His Excellency Rt Hon. Simon Bako Laong will ever remain my father, hero and role model for providing a level playing ground where all aspirants sold their manifestos to the electorates without undue influence.
The success and serenity of the primary election in Plateau state is largely hinged on His Excellency’s superlative leadership prowess that created the enabling atmosphere for the exercise to hold without rancour. I appreciate you for your father role.
Never will I forget to extend my appreciation to the national leadership of our great party for conducting a peaceful primary election across the country. We shall fly the flag of our great party to victory in the 2023 general elections.
My teaming supporters will never be left out of this appreciation for a meritorious victory. You guys have made the VOGA movement thick and the envy of every political office seeker. You are making sure the gospel of VOGA resonates in all nooks and crannies of PKK and beyond. Your show of love is overwhelming and your support heartwarming. I remain indebted to you.
May God reward everyone accordingly and grant us resounding success in the 2023 General Elections.
Thank you and remain blessed!
Signed: Rt Hon. Yusuf Adamu Gagdi, (Dan Malikin Kanam), Member representing PKK and Chairman House of Representatives Committee on Navy