The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday said the reports from The Economist and HSBC, confirms that Nigerians are tired of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and President Muhammadu Buhari and would reject them in the 2019 presidential election. The party added that the findings by the organisations that President Buhari stands no chance in the general elections and that his winning portends grave danger for the nation, is in tandem with the stand of majority of Nigerians, irrespective of their current political party affiliations, ethnicity or creed.
A statement by the PDP signed by his national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, noted that in line with the reports, “Nigerians are fed up with President Buhari mainly due to the incompetence and unprecedented corruption in his Presidency, resulting in the ruining of our once robust economy, with attendant mass job loss, ravaging hunger, starvation and disease, as well as escalated insecurity, with documented mass killings, violation of human rights and daily bloodletting in various parts of our country, a development that has put the unity of our great country at risk.
“Moreover, the finding by the two bodies that a second term for President Buhari will worsen our nation’s economic and security woes is a position also held by Nigerians across board, hence their determination to rally on the platform of the repositioned PDP, with our array of very popular Presidential aspirants, to vote him out in 2019.
“The world now knows the major reason the Buhari-led APC administration has resorted to harassment and vicious attacks on the opposition, using trumped-up charges; the various assaults on the institution of the Judiciary and the National Assembly, as well as unrelenting machination to compromise the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to rig the elections.
“This is the reason President Buhari rejected the amendment to the Electoral Act passed by the National Assembly, which practically checks all APC’s rigging strategies ahead of the 2019 general elections and for which Nigerians have approved that the legislators should override his veto.
“The fear of imminent defeat is the reason President Buhari is against the amendment that checked the use of underage voters, provided for online publication of voter register in addition to instant transmission of results from the polling to collation centre, thus eliminating interferences and planned alteration of results by the APC.
“Nigerians are already aware that this is why APC and INEC have been conniving to secretly create 30,000 illegal polling units in remote non-descript areas, as well as registration of compromised observers to validate their machinations,” the party said.
PDP stressed that since the President is now aware that “his approval rating among Nigerians and across the world has hit the rocks despite the many choreographed endorsement stunts by his handlers,” he should “rein in his lackeys, bury the idea of rigging the elections and get ready to accept an inevitable defeat as Nigerians are not ready to be dragged into an unnecessary political crisis for any person’s selfish ambition.”
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