A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP in Ondo State, Hon. Saka Lawal, has described the emergence of a third force ahead of 2019 general elections as “dead on arrival”. Lawal who stated this during a media chat tagged ” Face to Face” monitored by our correspondent in Akure, the Ondo State capital, also described the development as “a huge joke”.
Lawal, an aspirant of the party in the 2016 Ondo Governorship election, said, “It is going to be difficult except if we are deceiving ourselves.” According to him, funding a political party in Nigeria is not a tea party judging from the history of country from 1999 till date.
His words: ” it’s this same set of people that came back in 1999. They are the people that have been metamorphosing into APC, PDP today APGA tomorrow. “Yes, I give it to Professor Agbakoba and others but ,how many Nigerians will listen to them because they have not really gone there to test the waters .
” Have they even gone home before to contest for councillorship?its rough out there, it’s not just you sitting down in your studio and say you want to form a third force. It’s not going to be easy.” Speaking on the chances of his party , Lawal who expressed optimistic that PDP will bounce back to power in 2019, said the party lost power in 2015 because it failed to pick a northerner.
“We lost the power in 2015 just because we didn’t pick a northerner. If we had picked a northerner, I bet it with you, Buhari wouldn’t have scored 1.8 million votes in Kano.” Lawal boasted. He expressed confidence that the party will make the right choice of presidential candidate going what the ‘array of options’ on ground. “PDP is in the 774 local government in Nigeria as the most visible political party. All we need is to get the first thing done first which is picking a credible and versatile candi who has no EFCC case hanging around his neck because that is one weapon they can use against us.” Lawal said.
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