- A PDP chieftain Kodilichukwu Okelekwe has disclosed what can make the party lose the 2019 presidential election
- Okelekwe said party might lose the opportunity of returning to power, if it picks a wrong candidate
- He maintained that the party has chances of winning in 2019 presidential election because APC is not ready for governance
A former Anambra governorship aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Kodilichukwu Okelekwe said his party will lose the next presidential election in 2019, if it fails to pick a right candidate.
Okelekwe declared that the PDP might lose the opportunity of returning to power, if it repeats its mistakes of the past by picking the wrong presidential candidate.
In an interview with ThisDay Newspaper, the Anambra-based politician said: ''My advice to PDP is that we must make sure that we elect the right person as our presidential candidate. The election is ours to lose. Once we pick the right presidential candidate, Nigerians will overwhelmingly return PDP to power.
“We can see that APC was not ready for governance. They were more interested in taking power but they have no blue print for governance.
“LIt is just a marriage of strange bed fellows, who were united by one objective which is their hatred for PDP and the quest to push PDP out of power; having done that they ran out of ideas; because they were never prepared in the first place for governance. Governance is a serious business and PDP we have done it before.
“We have the experience and we can do it again. That does not mean that there were no mistakes in the past. As is the case with anything human, we are not infallible; infallibility belongs to God.
“We have learnt from those minor mistakes and we will take them into account when we return to the government in 2019. There are certain things that PDP will no doubt do differently based on past experiences.
“On the whole, PDP has done much better than APC has done. For instance, under PDP, Nigeria became the biggest economy in Africa.
“Today, what’s happening? I don’t even know where we are. The use of mobile phones in Nigeria is a PDP achievement. I like to speak with facts, not propaganda. I like to point to empirical evidence.
“The facts on ground will speak for PDP and my only advice to our leaders is to make sure that the right presidential candidate is picked for 2019. I have no doubt in my mind that once that is done, the rest as they say would be history.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that the minister of mines and steel development Kayode Fayemi said the high level of looting perpetrated within the 16 years rule of the PDP in the country will again work against the party in the 2019 general election.
Kayode who spoke with journalists in Ekiti described the attempt being made by the party to reclaim power in 2019 as a ploy to continue to loot the country’s resources said their corrupt antecedents will make Nigerians to reject the party during the poll.
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