- Senator Adeseye Ogunlewe says the mass defection of politicians to the PDP shows that the party is gaining more confidence
- Ogunlewe warns the PDP to leverage on the success to build a formidable front against the APC in 2019
- The former minister wants the warring factions of the PDP to unite ahead of the general election
Senator Adeseye Ogunlewe, a former Nigerian works minister, on Friday, August 3, described the gale of defections into Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in recent days as a measure of the growing confidence in the party.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Ogunlewe spoke in Lagos warning the PDP not to be carried away by the development, but leverage on it and work harder for electoral victory, come 2019.
The president of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, three governors and some legislators from national and state levels recently defected from the APC to the PDP.
Ogunlewe said: “The defection means God has answered our prayers in PDP. It means the confidence in us in growing.
“However, we should not lose sight of our focus, which is to win in the next election.
“We should work harder and harder to realise our goal.”
The former minister urged the party to ensure that only credible candidates get its tickets to vie for political offices in the 2019 elections.
He said that the dream of the main opposition party to dislodge the APC can only be realised if the party presented credible candidates.
Ogunlewe warned the party against imposition of candidates, saying it could undermine the chances of the party in the elections.
He further counselled that the party should strengthen internal democracy to allow popular selection of credible flag bearers for the general elections.
“As our great party, the PDP, prepares to dislodge the APC in 2019, I want to advice we should do things right.
“We should ensure that we present credible candidates for the presidency and all other political offices to enable us defeat the APC.
“Nigerians know leaders who can transform the country when they see one, so, the PDP should offer leaders with right pedigree and capacity.
“It is also important that we strengthen internal democracy, give all aspirants a level playing field.
“It is through free and fair primaries that we can have credible candidates we need to win the general elections,” Ogunlewe said.
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Arguing that politics had gone scientific, he urged the PDP to carry out proper research to enrich its manifesto for the election.
He urged the PDP to design workable plans and programmes that would transform the country just as he also called for unity in the Lagos chapter of the party, in order to win the state in 2019.
NAIJ.com earlier reported that as the battle to unseat the president of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, allegedly by senators on the platform of the All Progressives Congress thickened, their colleagues from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have stormed Abuja.
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