Reacting to Babangida’s initial statement yesterday, the national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr. Uche Secondus. described the admonition by the former military president as a confirmation of the PDP’s position that the ruling party lacks the capacity to govern the country.
He said the party was working hard to regain power in 2019 and save the country from collapse.
Secondus spoke to jubilant party supporters who had come to receive him as he arrived Asaba, the Delta State capital yesterday.
On Babangida’s counsel, he said: “It is a confirmation of what the PDP has been sayings all the while that the ruling party lacks the democratic wherewithal to lead the country.”
The PDP chairman said in a statement signed by his media adviser, Mr. Ike Abonyi, that the APC has failed woefully and Nigerians were now yearning for real democrats, which PDP with its experience is the only viable option.
According to him, the on-going rebuilding and repositioning in the PDP were aimed at rebranding the party to meet the challenges ahead.
Secondus told Delta PDP members to support Governor Ifeanyi Okowa who is transforming the state and ensure that the strength of the party remains with the people.
“Delta is a PDP state and will remain a PDP state because through the party, the state has experienced phenomenal development.”
He charged the people to go get their voters’ cards, saying it is the real instrument of their power.
He also charged party members across the country to brace up and respond to the wish of Nigerians by chasing the APC out of their political life.
Another statement by the national publicity secretary of the PDP, Mr. Kola Ologbodiyan also described Babangida’s counsel as apt and was another pointer to the fact that Nigerians across the divide had reached a consensus against Buhari and his party, the APC.
The party commended the former military president for admonishing the APC’s attempt to use its phony restructuring agenda as a decoy for wooing voters ahead of the 2019 election.
It said Babangida’s position on the need for a dynamic, nationalistic and development-driven leadership was a direct reflection of the feelings and aspirations of Nigerians and completely captures the direction of the repositioned PDP for a better Nigeria.
Ologbondiyan said the fact that Babangida’s declaration on Buhari was coming on the heels of similar declaration by former President Olusegun Obasanjo, had further vindicated PDP’s position on the misrule of the Buhari administration and the APC.
PDP further described as an understatement, Babangida’s reflection that the Buhari administration and its APC had polluted the nation’s “leadership actuality”, adding that it was not unmindful of the yearnings of Nigerians to use the platform of the repositioned PDP to propagate a new coalition that would return the much desired new atmosphere in the polity by producing the president that will be acceptable to the majority of Nigerians.
“It is now obvious to all that the time has come for all Nigerians to jettison all personal interests and divisive tendencies and rally forces under a truly national platform as now embodied in the PDP to rescue our dear nation from total collapse.
“In line with the new consensus for the election of a truly Nigerian president in 2019, the repositioned PDP is completely open as the epicenter of the much desired new broad-based political engagement of all Nigerians in their aspirations, irrespective of creed, tribe or class.
“The repositioned PDP presents that credible platform, re-engineered with best democratic standards for unhindered accommodation of all interests from all parts of the country in our collective search for a new beginning.
“We therefore urge all Nigerians, particularly our leaders across board, to join forces with the PDP to once again return the nation to its pride of place as a thriving economy and a truly democratic nation come 2019,” the PDP said.
Similarly, the Action Democratic Party (ADP) yesterday threw its weight behind Babangida, saying his statement was timely.
The statement signed by the ADP national secretary, Mr. James Okoroma, said the former military president was “clinical in his presentation by touching on the economy, pervasive insecurity, bloodletting across the country, devolution of powers, community policing and restructuring”.
However, the presidency elected to keep mum over Babangida’s statement on the need for a new breed of leaders come 2019, as calls to the president’s media aide, Mr. Femi Adesina, were unanswered.
Also, the National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Mr. Bolaji Abdullahi declined to make any comment on the issues espoused by Babangida in his statement.
Abdullahi who spoke to THISDAY on the phone yesterday evening said: “We are yet to go through the letter. Perhaps after doing so we will be in a position to respond to it if necessary.”
Culled from THISDAY