- As more politicians are flocking to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the national chairman of the opposition, Prince Uche Secondus, has said that they should prepare for a tough struggle
- Secondus, who said this on Wednesday, August 1, admitted that taking power back from the APC will not be an easy affair
- He alleged that with the APC-led government, there is no freedom of speech anymore in the country
Prince Uche Secondus, the national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has told its new members who recently defected from the ruling party, All Progressives Congress (APC), to brace up for a political battle, Premium Times reports.
Speaking on Wednesday, August 1, at a dinner in honour of the defectors, Secondus said the battle to wrestle power from the APC will not be a walk in the park, describing the defectors as courageous people who, according to him, refused to remain silent in the face of “flagrant disobedience of rules in the country.”
He remarked: “This event is organised in honour of those who took bold steps to join others to rescue the nation.
“They are heroes. They could have chosen to remain where they were and even return to their seats (in the National Assembly), but because they could not see what is going on in the country and keep quiet; that is why they are here.
“They cannot see the killings, the frame-ups, the unemployment and the kind of military democracy that cannot even be described, that they are foisting on us and keep quiet. If we are in the military government, we would know. Rule of law and court orders are no longer obeyed
“These heroes of democracy who have decided to move from the ruling party are unusual men. We need to honour them. Their decision is in defence of democracy. But let remind you that we are very far from getting there. Be ready to fight both real and proxy wars.
“It is going to be a very long walk to freedom. There is no longer freedom in Nigeria. No freedom of the press. If you tell them the truth, they say it is hate speech. When you tell them the whole truth, they say it is fake news.”
Secondus referred to the day the defection occured in both chambers of the National Assembly as the “days of freedom”.
He chided the federal government for allegedly claiming ignorance of the happenings in the country, adding that the defections that took place in states such as Kwara, Sokoto, Kogi, Kano and others were “because Nigerians are in pains.”
He stated that: “When things happen, the government will say they don’t know. They are always not aware and are never bothered.”
“When Nigerians are hungry, they don’t lose sleep. The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, will lock down government houses and the federal government would say it was not aware or not bothered.
“We are expecting more states to join us and we pray that they will not be bothered. When we win in 2019, they will not be bothered as well. We are not here to rejoice but to welcome our members and also encourage them to talk to others like them to join us.”
Earlier, NAIJ.com had reported that the PDP on Wednesday, August 1, hosted some of the rebels of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who defected to its fold.
Secondus, addressing the defectors at the glitzy Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja, described them as true heroes of democracy.
He said that the defectors took the bold steps of switching allegiance from the APC to the PDP not only for themselves or their families but also for the interest of the country.
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