Buhari’s Sole Candidacy ‘ll Crush APC -PDP …Says President ‘ll Not Remain Beyond 2019

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Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki (4th left), acknowledging cheers from supporters, during his visit to Cross River State.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), yesterday, said with the “emergence of President Muhammadu Buhari, who has become grossly unpopular among Nigerians, as sole presidential candidate,” the All Progressives Congress (APC) “is now irredeemably doomed for a crushing defeat in the 2019 general elections.”
PDP pointed out that President Buhari’s “fear to contest an elective presidential primary, for which he and a few APC leaders scared away other presidential contestants within their party with threats and high nomination form fees, ended up ruining APC’s chance of fielding a good candidate for the election.”
A statement by PDP’s spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan, yesterday, said, “Had President Buhari shed his desperation for power and allowed for internal democracy within the APC, particularly when it became clear that Nigerians across board have become averse to his re-election, due to his incompetence and insensitivity to the plight of the citizens, there would have been little hope for the APC.
“In muzzling contest in APC and gleefully emerging a sole candidate, President Buhari has merely won a pyrrhic victory; a General without a troop, with no capacity to face a general election, as the army of stakeholders and the masses that supported him in 2015 have since left him because of his unfulfilled promises and many failures in governance.
“Now that Mr. President has confirmed by his body language that he had no chance in a party he leads, how then can he stand a chance in the general elections where millions of Nigerians, who are suffering untold hardship because of his misrule are only waiting to deal him a blow with their votes?
“Owing to Buhari’s incompetence, Nigerians’ purchasing power has become abysmally low, industries have wound up with attendant mass job losses, foreign direct investments have hit all time low, international partners have totally lost confidence in doing business with our compatriots, while this administration has no economic blueprint except borrowing.
“Since President Buhari’s declaration to contest the 2019 election, true democrats and other well-meaning citizens have continued to leave the APC in droves to the repositioned PDP, which has now become the rallying platform for all Nigerians, in their collective quest for a new President among the array of very credible aspirants in the PDP.
“Moreover, while it is settled that President Buhari is no match to any of our presidential aspirants, all indices points to his imminent defeat as the PDP remain committed to a credible, free, fair and transparent Presidential primary, where Nigerians will freely participate to throw up that President that will lead our nation to the path of unity, peace, good governance and economic prosperity for our people.”
Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has warned “President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC), to perish the thoughts of staying in power a day beyond May 29, 2019.”
PDP issued the warning in a statement signed by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan, yesterday.
The opposition party also cautioned the, “Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu not to allow the APC and the Buhari Presidency to use him to execute their plots to frustrate the conduct of credible 2019 elections and push for illegal tenure elongation for President Buhari.”
PDP said it was, “Aware that the mooting of postponement of the already scheduled general elections by the INEC chairman is a product of series of clandestine meetings between his commission and the APC on ways to frustrate the 2019 elections, having realized that there is no hope for President Buhari in the polls.”
The statement reads, “Nigerians and the international community have also noted the various ploys by INEC to frustrate a credible elections, including its stiff opposition to the amendment of the Electoral Act by the National Assembly to check APC rigging plans in addition to its exposed collaborations with INEC to manipulate the voters register, enrol underage voters and secretly creating 30,000 illegal polling centres in certain remote areas from where it plans to allocate fictitious votes to the APC.
“Nigerians may recall that the PDP had earlier alerted of the plot by the Buhari Presidency to enmesh the 2019 elections into a needless controversy by deliberately delaying the presentation of the election budget to the National Assembly until the time the parliament was proceeding on annual recess.
“Ostensibly to ensure that the election does not escape controversy, President Buhari demanded that the fund be taken from already approved budget for lawmakers’ constituency votes, despite entreaties by well-meaning Nigerians for a fresh budget for the elections.
“Seeing that Nigerians are standing shoulder to shoulder with the PDP to resist and dismantle their rigging machinery, the APC and Buhari Presidency are now trying to use INEC to frustrate the elections and cause crisis in our country.”
The party, therefore, “rejects this plot by APC and INEC. The 2019 election must hold as scheduled. Nigerians are ready for elections and cannot wait to vote out President Buhari and his dysfunctional APC.
“In that wise, our party cautions the INEC Chairman to open up, expose the Buhari Presidency and immediately commence the application of its constitutional First Line Charge funding instruments instead entangling itself with the plot to destroy our nation,” the statement added.
However, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP0, yesterday, said the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, “misfired in his attempt to lampoon Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku, as his claim of absentee leader best suits President Muhammadu Buhari,” and not the governor.
PDP made the remark while reacting to Oshiomhole’s comment that APC would give Taraba State a “resident governor” in 2019.
However, the spokesperson of PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, in a statement said, “Unlike Governor Ishaku and other PDP governors, who are busy developing their states, in line with the manifesto of the PDP, President Buhari has spent more days gallivanting across the globe, shopping for elusive international endorsements, than the time he spent in actual governance of our nation.
“We know that Oshiomhole is distraught by the increasing popularity of our party, and particularly the soaring approval rating of our governors, including Governor Ishaku.
“We are not surprised by Oshiomhole’s resort to childish mudslinging and smear campaign, instead of concentrating on ways to solve the problems he created in his derelict party, which is now stuck with an unpopular Presidential candidate.
“Moreover, whereas President Buhari, APC’s brand face, cannot boast of any developmental project he has initiated and executed in the last three years, Governor Ishaku has been busy commissioning projects that have a direct bearing on the people in all critical sectors of their lives.
“Also, while APC governors are only good at moulding statues, commissioning boreholes and regular bus stops, PDP governors are commissioning mega landmark projects, many of which President Buhari’s handlers lobbied for him to be allowed to cut the tape in an attempt to shore up his performance rating before Nigerians and the international community.
“Finally, since Oshiomhole has identified absenteeism as a major defect for which a leader should be removed, we charge him to start scripting his party’s handover note ahead of 2019 election, as President Buhari ranks as the most absentee leader in the history of our nation.”