The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has noted that the biting scarcity, hardship and poverty in the land have made Nigerians to be earnestly longing for the main opposition party to dislodge the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, from power at the national level.
Spokesman of the Ahmed Makarfi-led PDP Caretaker Committee, Dayo Adeyeye categorically told reporters in Abuja on Friday that Nigerians are already counting days for the APC, because they want the present government to go.
In the words of Adeyeye: “They want PDP to come back to power. In the days of the PDP’s 16 years in power, it was a time of plenty and we have seen one year of scarcity, hardship and poverty in the land. It is obvious that Nigerians are not happy with the present state of affairs; so they are eager to have PDP back.
“People are already counting days for the APC because they want this government to go and PDP is poised to take over power but we need to do the needful, organise a transparent convention to bring in the right men and women to take over the operations of the party.”
Adeyeye, who spoke shortly after the inauguration of the 88-member zoning committee for the forthcoming PDP national convention, described the activities of the former national chairman of the party, Ali Modu Sheriff, his key allies, Dr. Cairo Ojuogboh and Senator Hope Uzodinma as “rebellious.”
He said it was a wrong perception for one to think that because a few disgruntled elements in the party are aggrieved, then the party has broken into factions.
The PDP spokesman asserted that the party had decided not to wield the big stick but rather to continue to seek reconciliation in hope that the aggrieved party men will retrace their steps.
“There are no factions in the PDP. You see, there could be a few rebels, a few disgruntled people for one reason or the other but if you know our party and the array of personalities in it, you will ask yourself what is a party made up of? The answer is that in a party, you have the governors, members of the National Assembly, state chapters and elders, all of them are together,” he said.
Adeyeye stressed that as far as he was concerned, PDP is one united family, adding that the fact that one or two people are complaining and registering their unhappiness does not mean there is a faction of the party.
His words, “We are going to have a very free, fair and open convention, a unity convention in Port Harcourt on August 17. PDP remains the biggest party in Nigeria and I can confidently say that by this time next year, our opponents, who are today in power, a good number of its members will be begging to join the PDP. Nigerians are yearning for PDP.”