The ruling sect, All Progressives Congress APC has challenged other opposition parties to take the place of the People’s Democratic Party as its major opposition across the nation.
The party’s Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Yekini Nabena, made this call in a statement today in Abuja, following the defection of those he described as the progressive-minded members of the PDP to APC.
“For a party unable to run its secretariat, pay staff salaries, and its leadership grappling with a crisis of confidence, it will be unfair to expect its progressive-minded members to remain in the PDP which has failed woefully as the supposed ‘main’ opposition party in Nigeria. It is disheartening that the PDP is pushing Nigeria into a largely one-party state. As a party that believes in democracy and progressive politics, the APC does not subscribe to this. We, therefore, challenge other opposition political parties to take the place of the PDP because even as the governing party, we recognise the importance of rigorous and intelligent interrogation of our policies and programmes by the opposition which the PDP has woefully failed to do”, Nabena said.
Expressing the ruling party’s delight in the defection, Nabena said the returnees have come to work with the present administration to improve the lives of Nigerians. He added the effort of the APC Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) to reposition the party by accommodating all interests and ensuring peace, unity, fairness, equity, justice, inclusion, and internal democracy was appreciated.
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“The Governor Mai Mala Buni-led CECPC is working assiduously and has achieved great success in ensuring that the party is repositioned, united, and conducts the planned membership registration, update, and revalidation exercise to produce a clean, credible and authentic national membership register, ahead of the planned National Convention. For now, the PDP and Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, who has begun early 2023 campaign on the PDP’s presidential candidature he is poised to purchase, are engrossed with their Dubai meetings to plot their hallucinatory return to ensure their bid to sell off the remainder of our national assets. Nigerians are wiser”, he added.
The PDP and @atiku who has began early 2023 campaign on the PDP's presidential candidature he is poised to purchase, are engrossed with their Dubai meetings to plot their hallucinatory return to ensure their bid to selloff the remainder of our national assets. Nigerians are wiser
— APC Nigeria (@OfficialAPCNg) November 26, 2020