Following the crisis rocking the ruling All Progressives Congress, the Peoples Democratic Party has said Nigerians will beg it (PDP) to come back to power in 2019.
The National Vice Chairman, South-South Zone, of the PDP, Dr. Cairo Ojugbou, made this remark on Monday at the party’s zonal secretariat in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.
Ojugbou, who criticised the APC for not been able to manage the recent crisis engulfing it, explained that the ruling party had shown that it lacked coordination and ideology.
On the Rivers and Akwa Ibom State tribunals going on in Abuja, the PDP national vice chairman expressed optimism that the PDP would win.
He added that no amount of intimidation would make the party lose elections that it won squarely, adding that the people of Akwa Ibom and Rivers voted for the PDP.
Ojugbou said, “Rivers and Akwa Ibom State tribunals are sitting in Abuja. No amount of intimidation will make the PDP lose the elections it won freely and fairly in these states. Any move to rig us out will be resisted.”
He disclosed that the PDP has set up a committee led by the former Kaduna State Governor, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, adding that the committee was in Port Harcourt to receive memorandum on how the party can get back to power at the centre in the 2019 general elections.
The PDP national vice chairman, however, restated that stance of his party on the appointment of Hajia Amina Zakari as the acting Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, maintaining that such an appointment remains unacceptable.
According to him, “We have said that the appointment of Amina is completely unacceptable to us. The example that ex-President (Goodluck) Jonathan gave should be followed. We know Amina is not apolitical.”
Speaking on the leadership crisis affecting the PDP in Bayelsa State, Ojugbou explained that a committee had been established to ensure that peace reigned in the state PDP.