Akin Akande, Abuja
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described claim by the former head of states and leader of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), General Muhammadu Buhari, that All Progressives Congress (APC) would sweep away the ruling part in 2015 as day-dreaming.
The party said that after taking stock of the unfolding political events including the merger arrangements by opposition parties, it concluded that the opposition is doomed to fail.
It noted that there are positive signs and concrete indications that PDP would still win the Presidency and more states by 2015. The party dismissed fears that divergence of views and opinions among its members was capable of weakening it ahead of 2015, adding that such views are reflections of democracy in action.
In a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, the party dismissed as “shadow chasing and day dreaming”, boasts by the leaders of the yet to be registered opposition coalition, the All Progressive Congress (APC), that they would take over government in 2015.
It predicted that the opposition alliance would ill soon be in disarray, adding that most of those in the ranks would be betrayed and victimised by the godfathers who see the coalition as their personal estates.
The ruling party said it welcomed the opposition to the electoral contest in 2015 but noted that they were already doomed to fail as Nigerians have since realized that they are merely “strange bed fellows” who have nothing to offer but united by bitterness, frustration, and religious and tribal sentiments.
“We welcome the opposition to the contest. However, they are already doomed to failure because Nigerians have since realised their undemocratic tendencies and desperation for power for selfish reasons. Nigerians know that they are merely strange bed fellows who are united by bitterness, frustration and religious and tribal sentiments and not for the national interest, the statement from the party said.
“They have continued to betray their lust and inner disposition by their utterances in seeking to “seize power” which has remained their only agenda. They fail to understand that in a democracy, power is not to be seized. It is conferred by the people and this is the reason the people have continued to identify with the PDP, ” the statement] added.
Part of it read: “The PDP believes in the people. No individual, group or tribe owns the PDP. It belongs to all Nigerians. The PDP is a big family, united in freedom. In a family there are bound to be divergence of opinions and views and this occurs where people are free. What outsiders see as internal disagreements is actually a reflection of the democratic stance of the PDP.
The PDP is the only party where people are absolutely free to express their views and freely canvass their opinions unlike in the opposition parties where the views and opinions of members are muzzled by their godfathers,” the party said.