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PDP: Nigerians Already Counting Days for APC’s Exit from Power

Dayo-Adeyeye

The opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP,

yesterday declared that Nigerians are eager to

have the party back in power at the national level

because of the biting scarcity, hardship and

poverty in the land.

Spokesman of the Ahmed Makarfi-led Caretaker

Committee, Dayo Adeyeye who spoke to

journalists in Abuja yesterday said Nigerians are

already counting days for the All Progressives

Congress, APC, because they want this

government to go.

Adeyeye said: “They want PDP to come back to

power. In the days of the PDP’s 16 years in power,

it was a time of plenty and we have seen one year

of scarcity, hardship and poverty in the land. It is

obvious that Nigerians are not happy with the

present state of affairs; so they are eager to have

PDP back.

“People are already counting days for the APC

because they want this government to go and

PDP is poised to take over power but we need to

do the needful, organise a transparent

convention to bring in the right men and women

to take over the operations of the party.”

The PDP spokesman also described the activities

of the former national chairman of the party, Ali

Modu Sheriff, his key allies, Dr. Cairo Ojuogboh

and Senator Hope Uzodinma as “rebellious.”

He said it was a wrong perception for one to think

that because a few disgruntled elements in the

party are aggrieved, then the party has broken

into factions.

Adeyeye, who spoke shortly after the

inauguration of the 88-member zoning committee

for the forthcoming PDP national convention said

the party had decided not to wield the big stick

but rather to continue to seek reconciliation in

hope that the aggrieved party men will retrace

their steps.

He said: “There are no factions in the PDP. You

see, there could be a few rebels, a few disgruntled

people for one reason or the other but if you

know our party and the array of personalities in

it, you will ask yourself what is a party made up

of? The answer is that in a party, you have the

governors, members of the National Assembly,

state chapters and elders, all of them are

together”.

Adeyeye said that as far as he was concerned,

PDP is one united family, adding that the fact that

one or two people are complaining and

registering their unhappiness does not mean

there is a faction of the party.

“We are going to have a very free, fair and open

convention, a unity convention in Port Harcourt

on August 17. PDP remains the biggest party in

Nigeria and I can confidently say that by this time

next year, our opponents, who are today in

power, a good number of its members will be

begging to join the PDP. Nigerians are yearning

for PDP.”

While inaugurating the zoning committee headed

by the Ebonyi State Governor David Umahi,

Makarfi noted that it was senseless for the Party

to have zoned both presidency and chairmanship

to the same region (North) during the ill- fated

May 21 national convention.

He however urged the committee to ensure that

they conclude their assignment within one week.

Makarfi said he believed that with the quality of

personnel in the committee, there was no doubt

that they would leave up to the expectations of

members.

“Whatever decision you reach will be widely

accepted by all. I do not see you coming up with

recommendation that would be querried. Open

the political landscape and not restricting the

chairmanship of the party to one corner.

“Open the political landscape so that all the

materials that we have from the south will come

out; so that we get the best from the pack.

“I assure you, we are not going to print a single

form for any position. We will print forms for all

aspirants for any office. It is not an anointment

but an election,” he said.

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