Ndubuisi Orji, Abuja
The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has described the All Progresives Congress (APC)-led Federal Government as lame duck.
PDP National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, said the ruling party should be ready to quit the stage for it in 2019, as it has failed the people.
He said the PDP National Working Committee (NWC), under his leadership, is putting strategies in place to return the party to power in 2019.
Secondus stated this, yesterday, when he received members of the PDP Ex-Ministers Forum, who visited him at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja.
The PDP leader noted that part of his strategy to return the party to governmentnext year is to ensure that primary elections are credible.
Besides, Secondus said the new PDP NWC will devolve power to the grassroots.
“The NWC is putting all necessary strategies together, and we assure you that come 2019, Nigerians will vote for PDP. APC has failed woefully. Our nation is in a situation where PDP must save this nation from total collapse. The government of APC has become lame duck, after former President OLusegun Obasanjo released a political tsunami and verdict on the government.
“The best way to go from where we found ourselves, today, is to make sure that we conduct very transparent elections, be it the congresses or the primaries. I want to assure you that the old system of imposition or any other thing that will go contrary to our constitution will be far from the NWC members. We will not go that way.”
He added: “You are aware we are not in government at the centre. So, the only way is to make sure that the choice of the people are the best. If it is the popular choice of the people, the people will stand by them and elections would become easy for us to win.”
Secondus thanked the former ministers for their service to the country and urged them to continue to market the PDP in their various localities.
In his response on behalf of the former ministers, chairman of the forum, Kabiru Turaki, expressed confidence in the new NWC.