President Lungu was speaking at Solwezi airstrip this morning when he received over five former councillors who defected from the Opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) and Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD).
The President said those that are not happy with new members joining the PF should leave the party because every well-meaning Zambian has the right to feel welcome in Patriotic Front.
President Lungu charged that he will not tolerate people claiming to be founding members of the PF just to destabilise the ruling party, by pushing aside new members.
The President added that he will embrace forgiveness and tolerance but will not condone selfishness in the party by sidelining new members.
And UPND Kamalamba ward Councillor, Edward Samwata, who led former mayors and other councillors in defecting to the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) said President Lungu’s leadership was commendable and hard to ignore.
Mr. Samwata said President Lungu’s humility and good leadership has turned the PF into an attractive party.
Mr. Samwata thanked the Head of State for his love and commitment towards developing North-western Province through unprecedented developmental activities currently taking place in Solwezi.
Mr. Samwata’s sentiments were echoed by other councillors who joined the PF at Solwezi airstrip.
PF North-western Provincial Chairperson Jackson Kungo assured President Lungu that the new members will be allowed to participate in the running of the party without discrimination.
President Lungu left Solwezi at about 10:34 hours this morning.
And President Edgar Lungu has urged Patriotic Front (PF) members in North-western Province to unite and avoid fighting in order to grow the party in the region.
Speaking at the PF North-western Province “Meet the President” fundraising dinner in Solwezi last night President Lungu said the party needed to foster internal unity in order to attract new membership.
The President said the PF has continued positioning itself as an attractive party of choice but that members needed to learn to work together and avoid unnecessary differences that are detrimental to the unity of the party.
President Lungu said he would not have become President if it were not for the strength and unity of party both in 2015 and 2016 elections.
And speaking earlier, North-western PF Provincial Chairperson, Jackson Kungo, assured President Lungu that the party in the region was intact and that it had embarked on a new recruitment drive to position PF as a party of choice in the area.
Mr. Kungo said he was happy with the response the party was receiving in the province as huge numbers of opposition political party members, including councillors have continued defecting to the PF.
The meet the President Dinner dance was held to raise resources for the construction of a K4.5 million PF provincial office in Solwezi.