The Presidency Tuesday told the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to stop dreaming of winning the 2023 general elections, because the masses will still reckon with President Muhammadu Buhari and will never abandon him.
The PDP has been accused of giving false hopes to Nigerians that because of the alleged poor performance of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, at the national level, that it (PDP) will take over power it lost to the APC come 2023.
But the Senior Special Assistant to President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, who spoke shortly after observing the Eid-el-Kabir prayers in Daura, Katsina State, said Nigerians know too well and would not allow another party to take over in 2023.
According to him: ’’The President enjoys unshakable support not only in his hometown but also across the country and it is enough for the opposition to admit that the President matters a lot for the ruling party and Nigerians in general.
“Again, he constitutes a political obstacle they cannot dismantle come 2023.
‘’We believe the PDP and other opposition parties are nursing false hopes of taking power comes 2023.
“The masses will never abandon President Buhari’s leadership and the APC. I assure you that in 2023, the masses will be waiting for the President to show the way in courtesy of what he has been building for the country in terms of infrastructure and the well-being of young people in the country.
“Nobody will take the risk by inviting another party to come and take over in 2023.”
Court Ruling: APC Now Invalid, Carries Burden of “Let Buyer Beware” – PDP
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has become technically invalidated and now lacks the statutory structure to operate as a political party in Nigeria, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said.
The party in a statement made available to Grassroots.ng said given the pronouncement of the Supreme Court which clearly pointed to the nullity of APC’s subsistence and activities as a political party, for having a sitting governor, Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe state, as its Chairman, in total violation of section 183 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) as well as the provisions of Article 17(4) of the APC constitution.
The statement reads: “A further interpretation of the pronouncement of the Supreme Court showed that all activities of the APC under Mai Mala Buni, including nomination of candidates for elections, agreements, official decision reached, establishment of committees for statutory activities as well as its planned ward, local government and states congresses now hang loosely on the threat of invalidity.
“The fate of the APC as a defunct party is already sealed and the party cannot come out of this self-inflicted quagmire even if it engages in the drama of appointing a new National Chairman in place of Mai Mala Buni.
“This is because the APC has become statutorily vacuous, without a valid National Working Committee, without a valid National Executive Committee (NEC) and without a valid Board of Trustees (BoT) to legally initiate or carry out any official function including convoking any platform for the administration of the party. It is end of the road for the APC.
“In this regard, the PDP counsels all aspirants for the planned APC ward, local government and state congresses as well as the national convention to note that the APC is now in a state of “let the buyer beware”.
“Such intending aspirants should be cautious of putting their precious time and resources in a damaged vehicle that has come to the end of an ill-fated journey.
“In the same vein, those hoping to use the APC as a vehicle to realize their ambitions as President, governor, federal and state legislators as well as other elective offices should note the fate that has befallen the party.
“Moreover, our party sympathizes with the APC governorship candidate in the coming Anambra governorship election over the misfortune of trying to journey in a political “one chance bus”.
“The PDP calls on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), state electoral commissions, the Judiciary, the National Assembly as well as other institutions of democracy in Nigeria to note this development and take appropriate actions.
The fate that has befallen the APC is the direct consequence of its recourse to impunity, corruption, malpractices, recklessness, disregard to rule of law and total absence of internal democracy.
“On our part, the PDP, as a bastion of democracy in Nigeria remains committed to our ideology and vision of our founding fathers and will continue to rally with Nigerians in the collective quest to rescue our dear nation from the misrule and stranglehold of the now crippled APC.”
Nigerians Are Waiting For PDP To Take Over Power In 2023 – Atiku
Former Vice President of Nigeria, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar says Nigerians are waiting eagerly for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to take over power at the federal level in 2023.
Speaking to journalists at the Rivers State Government House, Port Harcourt on Thursday, Alhaji Atiku said his meeting with Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike was fruitful.
Alhaji Atiku explained that party affairs brought him to Port Harcourt, and he had spent the time reconciling touching issues with Governor Wike.
According to him, the issues bother on how to ensure unity and stability in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), that are critical for the party in clinching electoral victory in 2023.
“Well, I came here to reconcile with the governor on party affairs and how we can ensure that there is unity and stability in the party.
“So, that we can take over government in 2023. I believe that Nigerians can’t wait for 2023 to come, so that PDP will return.”
Speaking on the current insecurity challenges that have overwhelmed the capability of the All Progressives Congress(APC) led federal government, Alhaji Atiku described the prevailing situation in the country as bad.
He urged Nigerians to wait for the appropriate time when PDP shall unveil its policies on how it wants to address the issue of insecurity across the country.
“I have never seen it (insecurity) this bad. I am 70 years plus, I have never seen it this bad in terms of security challenges, in terms of economy, in terms of unemployment. This is the worst.
“Why can’t you give us time. We will come up with our policies. We will present them to Nigerians when the time comes.
“We have done that before. Under PDP, we recorded the highest economic growth, the best foreign reserves, we reduced unemployment. You know that we can do it?
The former vice president also acknowledged the tremendous leadership success recorded by governor Wike , who he described as a topmost governor among his peers in the party.
“I think he(Wike) is the topmost governor we have in the party. There is no doubt about that in terms of projects, youths and employment, in terms of security. Yes, we have security challenges all over the country.”
He further commended the governor for his outstanding leadership and sterling performance in office.
Aminu Vows Not To Return To APC
The Governor of Sokoto, Aminu Tambuwal has reiterated that he will never return to All Progressives Congress (APC) for any reason.
The Governor criticised the APC-led Federal Government for running what he described as “bad governance which has subjected Nigerians to untold hardship, abject poverty and dilapidated infrastructure”.
Tambuwal made these remarks recently when he led other PDP governors to commission the new completed Bauchi Governor’s office and Government House annexe.
He lamented that the bad governance of the APC-led Federal Government is negatively affecting Nigerians, stressing that everyone in the country is daily feeling the negative impact of the bad governance.
He stressed that “All our governors are performing to the glory of God. We seek for your continued prayers for all our governors and indeed the Federal Government, it is not performing, yes, but if it doesn’t perform, it will affect us. And it is already affecting the entirety of Nigeria.”
Tambuwal further congratulated the Bauchi State governor on the completion of the Government House project which commenced 30 years ago but was abandoned by previous administrations, saying that, “it takes a person who believes in good governance to complete a project which started 30 years ago.”
He said, “That is what we believe in the PDP, that governance is a continuum and any project that is meaningful and would add value to the lives of our people that we inherit from our predecessors, be they of the opposition or of the same party, we continue as a matter of good governance with those projects.
“And that is what Governor Bala Mohammed has done with this Government House annexe. We expected no less because you performed as FCT Minister, you performed as senator of Nigeria and now you are performing in Bauchi State. We are indeed very proud of you.
“Several of us have been here some months back to either commission projects or lay foundation of several projects that are being executed here in Bauchi State, courtesy of your administration, the sky is the limit,” he declared.
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