- The PDP has reacted to the emergence of President Muhammadu Buhari as the sole presidential candidate of the APC in the 2019 elections
- Nigeria's main opposition party says the ruling APC is now irredeemably doomed for a crushing defeat at the polls
- The PDP said the president has become grossly unpopular among Nigerians
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says with the emergence of President Muhammadu Buhari as its sole presidential candidate, “the All Progressives Congress (APC) is now irredeemably doomed for a crushing defeat in the 2019 general elections.”
This was contained in a statement sent to journalists by the party's national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbodiyan, on Thursday, September 13.
The party said: “President Buhari’s fear to contest an elective presidential primary, for which he and a few APC leaders scared away other presidential contestants within their party with threats and high nomination form fees, ended up ruining APC’s chance of fielding a good candidate for the election.”
The PDP accused President Buhari of being desperate for power and not allowing for internal democracy within the APC, “particularly when it became clear that Nigerians across board have become averse to his re-election, due to his incompetence and insensitivity to the plight of the citizens, there would have been little hope for the APC.”
The party said in emerging a sole candidate, “President Buhari has merely won a pyrrhic victory; a General without a troop, with no capacity to face a general election, as the army of stakeholders and the masses that supported him in 2015 have since left him because of his unfulfilled promises and many failures in governance.”
“Now that Mr. President has confirmed by his body language that he had no chance in a party he leads, how then can he stand a chance in the general elections where millions of Nigerians, who are suffering untold hardship because of his misrule are only waiting to deal him a blow with their votes?” the party queried.
The PDP further stated that, “since President Buhari’s declaration to contest the 2019 election, true democrats and other well-meaning citizens have continued to leave the APC in droves to the re-positioned PDP, which has now become the rallying platform for all Nigerians, in their collective quest for a new president among the array of very credible aspirants in the PDP.”
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The party said Buhari is no match to any of its presidential aspirants, boasting that all indices points to the president's imminent defeat in the 2019 polls.
Meanwhile, a PDP presidential aspirant, Attahiru Bafarawa, has said that all the aspirants under the platform of the party were united in the removal of the ruling APC-led federal government out of power in 2019.
Bafarawa made the comment during his consultation with the Edo state chapter of the party in Benin ahead of the October 2018 national convention of the party.
He added that the large number of the party’s presidential aspirants was a demonstration that the party was growing big even as he disclosed that the aspirants have all agreed to support whoever gets the presidential ticket.
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