Ahead of the 2019 general election, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has begun underground moves to take over the South South, South East geopolitical zone in the country.
National chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, who gave the hint, stated that ahead of the forthcoming general poll, the South East and South South geopolitical zones, both of which are Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) strongholds, will be crucial to the party’s victory.
Oyegun stated this yesterday while inaugurating a 4-member strategic committee to do a forensic analysis on why the governing APC lost out at the just concluded Anambra gubernatorial election.
He said, “The South East and the South South would be crucial and critical to our victory in 2019, not from the point of view of numbers of votes because we are fairly confident, having gone through our initial planning that the APC would carry the day in 2019.
“For us, it is critical that the South East and South South, both zones that have contributed immensely to the survival of this nation, must fully be represented in what is going to be a truly national government of the APC in 2019.
“So, learn from the experience, in this particular case, of South East in the result of the Anambra election, in which l must personally confess that l was disappointed in terms of votes that we got at that election. I expected a much better result than that”.
Oyegun noted that drawing from the Anambra failure, it has become necessary for APC at this early stage to examine why the votes it scored were much lower than it expected.
He continued: “So, today we are inaugurating a strategic committee and the mandate is for you, Chief Niyi Adebayo and your team, to do a forensic examination of what could have gone wrong. Why did we not do as well as we expect? What were the factors that contributed to our low score?
“We did much better compared to the 2015; no question about that but in all fairness, given the work we put in and given the reactions of the public and the rest of it, there was no question at all that we ought to have done a lot better. So, the question today is why.
“It is important that we are using Anambra as a trigger. The terms of reference was drafted and appropriately worded to give you the scope to look at the possibilities of, God forbid, a repetition of what happened in Anambra in other states in the South East.
“We want to start early; we want to strategise early; we want to plan early; we want to be confident that after we have done our field work the reward from the field work is commensurate with the efforts that we have put in. I want to be partisan here; we want a situation where we will win handsomely in the South East.
“I mentioned the South South when l stated the circumstances are slightly different but we are going to have the same type of strategic team for the South South. The issues are different, the environment is different, the circumstances is different but it is necessary also that we bid the South South into the national power framework that we expect to emerge in 2019. So, l want to thank you gentlemen for accepting this onerous assignment”.
Ruling Party’s Propaganda Will Fail – PDP
But in a swift reaction, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday told the national chairman of the APC, Chief Odigie-Oyegun, to stop resorting to excuses and shifting of blames over the failures and what it described as “inherent confusion in the APC-led federal government”.
The PDP slammed Oyegun for attempting to exonerate the APC of blames over the embarrassing list of board members of federal parastatatals, which contained names of deceased persons, adding that his excuses have further confirmed PDP’s position that APC and its federal government are completely disorganised and ill-equipped to govern.
Following the recent appointment of dead persons into some boards of national parastatals, Oyegun had disclosed that the party was not carried along in the later stages of compilation of the list before it was announced.
But PDP national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, in a statement, described Oyegun’s case as that of a leader who has no answer for the incompetence and misrule of his party.
PDP noted that Oyegun’s reaction has further exposed the confusion in the APC government and the reason all sectors of the nation’s economy are in a shambles under the APC government.
He said, “Is it not ridiculous, cowardly and a clear show of disorganization in the government for the APC National Chairman to try to exonerate his party from the failures and incompetence of a government which the party formed?
“Chief Oyegun’s comments amount to a vote of no confidence on the Presidency, but there is no way he can exonerate the APC, which he leads, from the failures of its own government. The APC chairman must therefore shed his penchant for excuses and address burning issues of misrule of the APC government.
“We challenge the APC National Chairman to address the issue of collapsing economy with its attendant 8 million job losses and countless business closures which has caused hardship on families across the country, all due to bad policies and incompetence of the APC Government.
“Nigerians are still waiting for the APC national chairman to address the issue of the biting fuel crisis also caused by the inept APC government.
“What has Chief Oyegun to say about the now exposed corruption in the APC-led Federal Government, including sharp practices in hidden oil subsidy payouts, illegal lifting of crude worth trillions of Naira to service APC interests and the unabated depletion of Nigerians foreign financial instruments by his party’s government?
Noting that propaganda will fail the ruling party in 2019, PDP said, “Nigerians are still waiting for the APC national chairman to address the issue of aloofness and insensitivity of the APC Federal Government to the incessant killings of Nigerians in many parts of country by marauders, in addition to exposed diversion of funds meant for the insurgency related matters by APC interests.
“The nation is also waiting for the APC national chairman to come up with explanations on the failure of his government to fulfill its campaign promises and why the fight against corruption has been lopsided with APC members who were publicly indicted of corruption now openly enjoying government cover.
“Instead of facing these issues agitating the minds of Nigerians, the APC national chairman is busy passing the buck while also attempting, just like the Presidency, to claim credit for projects initiated and executed by the PDP.
“Our advice to the APC therefore is that they should spare Nigerians their excuses. They should also spare us their lies and fake promises as the citizens will never allow themselves to be deceived again as was the case in 2015”.
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