Building up to the heat of the 2023 presidential elections, the two major political parties in the country, the ruling All Progressive Congress, APC and the major opposition, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP have explained why Nigerians should cast their votes for them.
While the PDP believes it will bank their promise to salvage the nation from the President’s alleged “inability” to curb the current challenges facing Nigeria, ranging from insecurity to economic woes, the ruling party, believes President Buhari has done enough to assure Nigerians that the APC is their best choice for continuation of the developmental strides of the Buhari led administration.
Kola Ologbondiyan, PDP National Publicity Secretary while speaking in an interview session on Arise TV’s “The Morning Show” expressed confidence in the Bukola Saraki led reconciliation committee, saying the PDP was ready to take on the challenges face by the country in these times.
He said: “In one zone out of six, we are having contestation of power that is leading towards disagreement, which is already being reconciled by the Senator Bukola Saraki-led reconciliation committee.
“Our party is a hope of Nigerians as we speak today. The acts of terrorism, banditry, kidnapping that have subsumed our nation show clearly that Nigerians are thinking of who will rescue our nation.
“Prior to the 2015 elections, insurgency was fought to the fringes. The PDP is ready and prepared to take over the mantle of leadership through the ballot box in 2023.”
While reacting to the rift between former governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose and current governor of Oyo State, he said the matter which was more of a family matter in the party is being handled by the Bukola Saraki led reconciliation committee.
Recall both Rivers State governor, and his Delta State counterpart, Ifeanyi Okowa, had insisted that the only way to redeem Nigeria from its current woes was to return PDP to power in 2023.
Both governors who spoke at the PDP South-south zonal congress in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, assured Nigerians that the party possessed the prerequisite skills to deliver on the yearnings of the people.
While the PDP rode on its confidence to clench victory come 2023, an APC stalwart and also Secretary of the Caretaker Extra-Ordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) of the APC, Senator John Akpanudoedehe had something different to say,
According to him: “The PDP is apparently deluding itself that its desperate cravings to return to power at the centre amounts to the wishes of Nigerians.
This is incredibly delusional. It is important to remind the PDP that in a democracy and progressive politics, power is not ‘taken’ but given through a popular mandate by the people.
The current state of the PDP does not show the failed opposition party is anywhere close to earning such mandate from the electorate.
From previously abandoned to new projects, under the President Muhammadu Buhari-led APC administration, every state of the federation, including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) has an ongoing and major federal road and other critical infrastructure project. This is a fact and it is verifiable.
The coming of CECPC has compelled the opposition to go on futile and desperate attempts at begging its members and leaders to remain in the party.
President Buhari’s administration is implementing one of the world’s largest and wide-ranging social investment programme, which is benefitting the vulnerable and has taken many Nigerians out of poverty. Commendably, we are well on course to delivering other aspects of the Next Level agenda,
In another reaction, a coalition of political parties under the platform of National Consultative Front (NCFront), have inaugurated a 22-man committee to regulate and initiate the formation of a mega party in the country, one strong enough to unseat the APC and displace the PDP.
The committee which is headed by former House of Representatives Speaker Ghali Umar Na’aba seems to be planning what looks like an ambush on both the APC and the PDP, two parties that have been in power since 1999.
The coalition also planned to mobilize massive resistance to national elections without a brand new constitution, biometric accreditation, electronic and Diaspora voting, among others.
Former Presidential aspirant, Prof. Pat Utomi and also convener of the coalition, while speaking at a virtual conference held to inaugurate the merger committee yesterday, hinged on the need to reclaim the country from political pillagers and build a Nigeria that “our children will be proud of”.
While the APC’s strategy has been its new revalidation and registration exercise, the PDP has been on a reconciliation tour around the country, to pacify aggrieved members and strengthen ties.