The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described as ‘spiteful bragging’ the claim by the APC suggesting that the ruling party intends to retain power at the federal level for at least 36 years.
In a communique by its spokesman – Kola Ologbondiyan, the PDP said the APC’s intention is a direct confrontation to the generality of Nigerians, who had already “reached a national consensus to kick them out of office, come 2023”.
The PDP also described APC’s claim of registering 36 million Nigerians in their “failed fictitious” registration exercise as another political hoax and empty claim, which cannot sway Nigerians in any way.
PDP says it is aware that the APC National Caretaker Committee Chairman, Governor Mai Mala Buni made such “a garrulous statement in the belief that APC’s intimidation of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the judiciary and security agencies as well as deployment of thugs from neighboring countries, will help them to subvert the will of Nigerians in future elections”.
“In Buni’s whims and thoughtlessness, Nigerians should make themselves ready for another 26 years of anguish, pains, hunger and starvation, insecurity and limitless suffering. This is the height of recklessness, insensitivity, and an affront to the sensibilities of Nigerians.
“The PDP counsels the fizzling APC to end its pipe dreams and arrogant boasting and wake up to the reality that its tenure in office, as well as its life as a political party, will meet an inevitable end in 2023.
“Governor Buni and his co-travelers in the illegal APC National Caretaker Committee must note that Nigeria is not their personal estate or the vassal of any group of power mongers,” the opposition party’s statement read in part.
According to the party, the APC ought to know that Nigerians have never been and will never be suppressed or conquered by any political interest.
The PDP further stated that Nigerians “are now, more than ever before, ready, willing, and prepared to resists the APC in its plots to use manipulations to perpetuate itself in power”.
The party claimed that it is incontrovertible that if the nation goes into a midterm election, the APC will not get up to 20 percent of the votes cast, therefore, the ruling party must stop addressing Nigerians like a conquered people with no voice, will, and aspirations.
PDP also asserted that “Nigerians are already set to deal the APC a death blow at the polls in 2023, as they have since reached a definite conclusion that there is no way our nation can survive if the APC is allowed to remain in power beyond 2023”.
The party was of the opinion that the APC’s Contact and Strategy Committee is of no moment, adding that Nigerians have suffered under APC’s rule and cannot afford to allow it to be in power a day beyond May 29, 2023.