The Democratic People’s Congress (DPC) has assured that it would
provide level playing ground for all presidential aspirants who want
to contest the 2019 presidential election under the platform of the
party, saying the future of the country is in the new political order
which Nigerians want to establish in the next general elections.
This assurance was given by the national chairman of the DPC, Rev.
Olusegun Peters in Abuja, yesterday, where he said that the old
political order entrenched by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and
the All Progressives Congress (APC) has failed Nigerians since 1999
and that the 2019 election is another opportunity to salvage the
country from the old order adding that the DPC is a platform that
would provide purposeful leadership for Nigeria going forward.
He revealed that already credible Nigerians with unblemished records
have approached the party seeking to use the platform to contest the
upcoming presidential election and assured such aspirants that the
party would not be hijacked by money bags as the essence of its
formation and registration with the Independent National Electoral
Commission (INEC) was to have a platform where the dirty politics that
characterized the PDP and the APC cannot be tolerated.
He noted that the DPC was the first political party to release its
manifesto and blueprint for the 2019 general election during its first
elective national convention held in Abuja on 22nd February, 2018. “It
is our social contract with the good people of Nigeria aimed at
progressive governance and prosperity to the longsuffering compatriots
impoverished by decades of poor leadership,” he said.
He noted that the APC led Federal Government has failed Nigerians and
that the DPC is the credible alternative to the ruling APC. “The
masses are worse off today than they were three years ago when the
Buhari’s government came to power with a fake promise of change”, he
He urged Nigerians to join DPC across the country as it holds high
promise and credibility to take over the federal government from the
ruling APC that suffers from leadership fatigue ever since it assumed
office on 29th May 2015. “Nigerians want a compassionate government
that feels the sufferings of the people and provides dividends of
democracy to assuage them. This is what DPC represents by moving
forward with the people”, he said.
He said in view of this, the party would continue intensive voters
education and mobilization to ensure that all eligible voters across
the country are registered in the ongoing INEC voter registration and
obtain their permanent voter cards.
And as the country prepares for the next election, Rev. Peters has
urged INEC to conduct free, fair, credible, acceptable and transparent
elections that meets international standards, saying the electoral
umpire should also ensure that the upgraded card readers are used and
results transmitted directly to its central server and collection
centres across the country.
He warned against the registration of under aged voters that has
brought the nation to ridicule and disrepute in the comity of
democratic nations. “It is unfair, unjust, wicked and despicable.
Nigerians will not accept this wanton assault on our democracy that
has the tendency to cause confusion, division and violence in the
country. Security agents should ensure that the perpetrators of this
crime and their sponsors are fished out and punished to serve as a
deterrent to others”, he said.
On the insecurity in the country, he called on community leaders in
Nigeria to cooperate with security agencies to avert further terrorist
attacks by reporting strangers in their communities who could not
properly identity themselves to security agents for questioning. “They
should also build strong security networks around their communities
and regions to ensure their people are duly protected from wanton
killings”, he added.