The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) on Friday, described as “laughable” and mere wishful thinking comments credited to the new national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ali Modu Sheriff that the opposition party under his leadership would bounce back and rule Nigeria by 2019.
A statement by the APC National Secretary, Mai Mala Buni, likened the new PDP national chairman’s utterance to the 16th century English language proverb which says “if wishes were horses, beggars would ride”.
Buni stated that APC would not join issues with the party, as it was more interested at the moment in delivering the dividends of democracy to Nigerians who voted it into power.
The statement read in part: “In monitored media reports, Ali Modu Sheriff boasted in Umuahia, the Abia State capital that the ailing PDP which lost power in 2015 will regain control of the federal government in 2019. Ali Modu Sheriff was also quoted as saying the PDP would soon come out with its ‘master plan’ to regain power. “ The APC is reluctant to join issues with Ali Modu Sheriff’s idle 2019 postulations and would rather join issues that will bring about all-inclusive development in the country.
“The 2015 elections has been won and lost. The priority of the present APC administration is to deliver on election promises made by the party to Nigerians who long-desired change of political leadership at the federal level and in many states.”
The statement further stated that APC hoped the “touted master plan” of the PDP in its bid to return to power included the return of funds its members misappropriated under the party’s 16-year rule.
It added that President Muhammadu Buhari has been working assiduously to correct the PDP’s years of damage and bring about people-centric governance, wondering how the PDP expects Nigerians to abandon APC’s smooth sailing ship for a sinking and rudderless PDP ship, come 2019.