By Oyibo Salihu
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) supporters stormed the streets of Lokoja and its environs in jubilation following the emergence of Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan as the party’s National Publicity Secretary.
Ologbondiyan, who was Editor, Thisday Newspaper, and media aide to former Senate President, David Mark, emerged victorious on Saturday at the elective congress of party beating three others to the position.
In Lokoja, PDP members and other sympathisers across party divides trooped into the NUJ secretariat to rejoice over Ologbondiyan’s victory.
A chieftain of the party in Lokoja, Mallam Mohammed Ismail, described the emergence of the ace journalist as the right peg in the round hole, saying the calibre of the new executive of the party will no doubt pull surprise for the party in 2019.
Also Speaking, the chairman of the Kogi state council of Nigerian Union of Journalists, Comrade Adeiza Momojimoh, expressed gratitude to the PDP delegates, who found Ologbondiyan worthy of his new position in the party.
He said Ologbondiyan success at the national congress was not only a victory for the people of Kogi State, but also a pride to the entire journalists in the state.
Former Speaker of Kogi state House of Assembly, Momojimoh Lawal, while expressing confidence on the capability of Ologbondiyan, advised the new leadership of the party to guide against impunity and imposition of candidates in the party.
“One major issue that led to the failure of our party during last election was imposition of candidate against the will of the overall members. In those days, when you win primary at your constituency, some people will run to party national secretariat to deny you victory,” he added.
In Kabba, the home town of Ologbondiyan was equally charged with jubilation, the major streets of the ancient town was taken over by youth and party supporters to savour the victory of their kinsman as member of the national executive of the PDP.
Ologbondiyan, in a telephone chat with newsmen in Lokoja yesterday said his victory at the poll was not for him alone, but for other aspirants who contested with him, saying that he is ready to tap from their experience and return back the glory of the party again.
“PDP, did not lose the 2015 general election, we only borrowed the APC the mantle to hold in trust, but since the borrowed robe overwhelmed them, we are taking it back so we can move the country forward,” he added.
While congratulating the party delegates for putting together competent hands to manage the affairs of the party, Ologbondiyan, thanked the entire members if the party and Journalists in the country for believing in him, adding that the agenda to restore power back to the PDP is on.