BY HENRY UMORU
ABUJA—The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday, challenged the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN; Congress for Progressive Change, CPC and other opposition political parties to conduct primary elections preparatory to the 2015 elections.
While describing leaders of the yet to be registered All Progressives Congress, APC, as day dreaming for saying it will win the presidency, the PDP, however, vowed to win more states as well as the Presidency at the election.
In a statement by PDP National Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, the PDP, however, dispelled fears that divergence of views and opinions among its members were capable of frustrating its efforts ahead of 2015, saying that this will rather strengthen the party.
It said it was against the backdrop that it was a reflection of its democratic stance where members have opportunity to air their views and freely canvass their opinions unlike what obtains in the opposition parties where opinions and views of members are muzzled by political godfathers.
The PDP National Publicity Secretary, who noted that the opposition alliance will soon be in disarray, stressed that most of those in the ranks will be betrayed and victimized by the godfathers.
Metuh said, “the PDP welcomes 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 realized their undemocratic tendencies and desperation for power for selfish reasons.
“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 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.
“Nigerians already know what to expect from the opposition and that is why they have rejected them. Nobody would want to support a party that breeds bitterness, anger and frustration. The world has noted Nigerians are a happy people. Nigerians are guided by the spirit of brotherliness, oneness and love for one another. So nobody wants a party that continues to sow the seeds of discord, frustration and anger among the people.”
On the proposed merger of the opposition parties, the PDP noted that it was an indication of weaknesses on the part of the parties, just as it said the opposition will not be able to grapple with the huge responsibility of managing a big party, adding, “We challenge the opposition also to be bold enough to hold primaries when the time comes.
Many of those singing praises of the alliance will be betrayed and victimized by the godfathers and it will dawn on them that they have been deceived. “The PDP observed that as the only national party, strictly committed to the well-being of all Nigerians, it has the capacity to listen to all members, reconcile all the differences and carry all along as entrenched in its constitution and manifesto.
“The PDP noted that it has formidable structures in all the wards, local government and states of the federation and called on its members to close ranks and remain united. “This is why the PDP will continue to win elections. The PDP is the only party that has formidable structures in all the wards, local government and states of the federation.
We have the platform and a level playground to accommodate the views of everyone. People are free to express their views. As a family, we galvanize the views for the common good, united by our commitment to serve the people.”