By Peter Duru
The Chairman of DAAR Communications and stalwart of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Raymond Dokpesi has alerted Nigerians that the All Progressives Congress, APC, may not willingly surrender power like the then President Goodluck Jonathan did in 2015 despite the cries by Nigerians for change ahead of the 2023 elections.
He urged Nigerians to be prepared to wrestle power from the ruling party by going back to the drawing board and uniting behind “a competent leader that is capable of dealing with the security challenge of this country, a leader who is not a religious bigot.”
Chief Dokpesi who Monday led a team of supporters of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar to Benue state on consultation with PDP leaders in the state to drum support for the former Vive President, lamented that Nigerians had never been so divided along ethnic and religious lines.
He said: “there is a lot of division on ethno-religious basis. Nigeria has witnessed so much insecurity and Benue has had its own fair share of it with marauders invading homes, attacking and killing people.
“There is virtually no family that has not been touched by the mayhem of these invaders in Benue. The economy of the country has also been at its lowest ebb. In fact, Nigeria is now being described as the poverty headquarters of the World.
“Our country has certified all the requirements of a failed state. The APC federal government has failed woefully in protecting the country and the economy is in shambles.
“Our youths are unemployed. When the APC government was preaching change, a lot of our youths joined the mantra and felt they meant well but we didn’t ask what kind of change they were promising us. But some of us knew that they do not have the capacity to rule this country. We knew they would crash the nation’s economy.
“Now as 2023 is fast approaching, we cannot afford to continue like this. The survey we carried clearly showed that Nigerians are looking forward to the PDP to wrestle power from the APC.
“Despite the cries of Nigerians, it is very clear that the APC will not surrender power easily like the President Jonathan did in 2015. Hence we must go back to the drawing board because we need a leader that will be able to take this country out of the woods like Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.”
Responding, Benue state Chairman of the PDP, Sir. John Ngbede said it was important that the party fielded the right and acceptable candidate in 2023 to enable it wrest power from the APC.
Sir Ngbede who noted the communication gap between the former Vice President and the people of Benue state particularly during herdsmen crisis acknowledged the apology of the delegation describing Alhaji Abubakar as a Benue son and a man of the people who possess the qualities needed in a leader.
Others who spoke on behalf of the three senatorial zones of the state and the women, including Messrs David Amor, Laha Zever, Moses Ajima and Mrs. Hannatu Ullam, lamented the massive underaged votings in parts of the North during the 2019 general elections. They urged the team and the entire PDP to ensure vigilance in the 2023 elections in order to protect and safeguard the votes of Nigerians.