Friday, 14 September 2012

Prepare for exit in 2015, opposition parties tell PDP

ABUJA— Emboldened by the confession by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, that it was fast losing its members, leading opposition parties yesterday warned the ruling party to prepare for its exit in 2015.
Three parties, Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, Congress for Progressive Change and All Nigeria Peoples Party, ANPP, said the loss of PDP members to the opposition was a signal of the looming defeat starring the ruling party on its face.
According to them, the development was borne out of the over 13 years of unmitigated deception, failure and disappointment, which the ruling party’s government had subjected Nigerians to.
The National Publicity Secretary of the Action Congress of Nigeria, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said it was not surprising that PDP was losing members since it had been subjecting Nigerians to avoidable hardship .
He said: “The PDP-led government has failed to provide the basic needs of the majority of Nigerians and they will continue to lose not only members but the confidence of Nigerians who cannot be taken for a ride forever.
“In fact, if a referendum is conducted today, Nigerians would be very glad to kick out the PDP and pave the way for a new government that will take care of their basic needs and move the country forward”.
The CPC in a reaction by its spokesman, Mr. Rotimi Fashakin, stated that it was inevitable for the PDP to lose its members to the opposition, which had become more and more attractive in terms of entrenching value-based governance.
Fashakin noted that the loss of members would continue until the PDP is finally buried in the next election because of its fading glory arising from years of toying with Nigerians’ welfare without any remorse.
He said, “With a citizenry flustered by ineptitude of the PDP-bred leadership, it is clear that there would be pressure on the party’s membership to find political solace elsewhere. It is very likely for the trend to continue unabated because of PDP’s fading glory.
“Although the PDP national chairman’s admission of the loss of members might have come from a Freudian slip, it is definitely an unenviable task to admit the party’s waning glory,” he noted.
On his part, the ANPP National Publicity Secretary, Emma Eneukwu, stated that with the way the ruling party was losing its members to the opposition, it was clear that Nigerians were no longer ready to go with a fading party in the next election.
Eneukwu said, “The PDP will receive shocks in the 2015 election if there is any semblance of free and fair election. Nigerians are prepared to dump the PDP that has been disappointing them in the last 13 years and seek solace in other parties.
“What is happening in PDP today is a sign of loss of confidence by Nigerians and the party has already seen the defeat that is awaiting it in 2015″.
“Nigerians have learnt their lessons and they have come to see that PDP has nothing to offer them. That is why they are leaving PDP in droves,” he noted.
The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, on Monday cried out that the party was losing its members to opposition political parties due to crises bedeviling the party across the country.
He said there was an urgent need to reverse the trend for the party to continue to maintain its leading position in the country.
There were indications last night that the PDP hierarchy was unhappy with the statement claiming that it was losing members to the opposition.

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