BARRY AGBANIGBI, Asaba
NATIONAL Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus, has said the All Progressives Congress (APC) failure to provide good governance was a yardstick for Nigerians to vote for candidates of the PDP in the 2019 general elections.
Prince Secondus, who was addressing leaders of the PDP in Asaba Sunday shortly before the commencement of a consultative meeting between the National Working Committee, NWC of the PDP and Governors who won their elections on the platform of the PDP, expressed confidence that Nigerians will speak with one voice through their voters’ cards by voting for the PDP in the 2019 general elections.
He said that the new coalition, Coalition for Nigeria Movement (CNM) coalition being championed by former President Olusegun Obasanjo will not pose a threat to PDP in the 2019 election “because we are a solid political party founded by our founding fathers. We are solid on the ground, and I believe that they (CNM) are a threat to the other parties and not our party.”
He said the process of rebuilding the PDP had since begun, adding that the national leadership was working tenaciously to ”reconnect our people, and then mobilize our people wherever they are and get them ready.”
According to him, “the weakest point in the history of the PDP is that we lost in the 2015 elections but, we should take advantage of the monumental failure of the APC, they came with a government of vengeance, we must emphasise that our people must have voters’ cards because Nigerians want us to come together and rescue the country in 2019.”
“The NWC is here (Asaba) to consult with our Governors and we are presenting our road map to victory to them; on Tuesday, we will consult with members of the National Assembly,” Prince Secondus who was at the event with the entire members of the NWC of the PDP said.
He disclosed that the PDP will wrestle power from the APC through aggressive awareness campaign for members of the party at the local government and ward levels to have their voters’ cards, assuring that the PDP has been repositioned with strong emphasis on the power of the people, the electorates who will always be given the chance to make their choice in a free, and fair manner without fear.
The Chairman lauded the programmes of Governor Okowa administration especially in the areas of job and wealth creation, compulsory health insurance scheme, provision of infrastructure, among others, asserting, “Governor Okowa is a performing Governor, there is no way you will count 1, 2, 3 Governor who are working without counting Okowa, he is brilliant, an achiever; of a truth, you (Governor Okowa) are doing very well and we will ask our Governors to key into your programmes because, they are well thought-out and targeted at the people at the grassroots as the beneficiaries.”
On his part, Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike said the desire of Nigerians is for the PDP to take over power at the centre in 2019, noting that based on performance; there is no fear about the party losing any of the states where they won the governorship position.
Delta State Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa commended the NWC for choosing Delta State for its meeting and used the occasion to reel out some of the achievements of his administration in the health, and education sectors.
He also, scored his administration high in peace building, job and wealth creation, ensuring the implementation of the compulsory health insurance scheme, among others, disclosing that based on the love the people of the state have for the PDP, they voted massively for the party in the January 6, 2018 local government elections.
Others who spoke at the meeting were the Governors of Abia State, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, and that of Gombe State, Alhaji Ibrahim Dankwambo.
Answering questions from newsmen earlier at Asaba Airport he said the national leadership of the party, would ensure that impunity in whatever form, was eliminated by devolving power to the respective levels of administration within the party.
“We vowed not to repeat the old order, and we have reassured our leadership and our people that we will devolve power down to the states so that they can take responsibilities and make sure that whatever names that are submitted would not be changed,” he said.
He said he was unperturbed by pockets of defections of party members to other political parties with less than a year to the election, saying that a political tsunami would soon occur, in which members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) would be joining the PDP.
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