National chairman of the People Democratic Party (PDP) Dr Iyorchia Ayu, has dismissed fears that Nigeria was headed for a collapse, assuring both Nigerians and the international community that a PDP administration post-2023 will pull Nigeria from the brink.
He, however, said the party is targeting a landslide victory in 2023, adding that the major opposition party will make a clean sweep of the presidency, the two chambers of the National Assembly as well as a minimum of 25 governorship positions.
Recall that he had complained barely days after assuming office that Nigeria was collapsing under a retired general.
But Ayu, who was newly inaugurated alongside other National Working Committee (NWC), in a press release yesterday, advised Nigerians not to lose hope in Nigeria, saying although the current APC leadership has failed woefully, PDP was coming on a rescue mission.
He equally dismissed fears that Nigeria was headed for a collapse, assuring both Nigerians and the international community that a PDP administration post-2023 will pull Nigeria from the brink.
The release reads in part: “We want Nigeria to take note, that we started this battle with 21 state governors. And we built it to 28 state governors. Those mistakes that were made, that made us to lose elections in 2015, will be corrected.
“And we target a democratic landslide, Come 2023, with a clean sweep of the presidency, both chambers of the National Assembly and at least 25 state governorships with their Houses of Assembly.
“Do not lose hope because of a small collection of people who have come to divide Nigeria and to destroy our country.
“Keep Hope Alive, PDP is back. And PDP will be back with good governance and good policies. The economy will expand. Nigerians will come back to work. Nigerians will produce and export. Nigeria will be a great country, once more.”
The release further reads: “I want to assure you, all of you who are non-Nigerians: that we are determined as a political party, to do the needful i.e. Unite ourselves; work hard; mobilize fellow Nigerians; take over power; rebuild our country; and then, shame those foreign detractors, who are prophesying doom, that Nigeria is going to break up.
“Nigeria is not going to break up. Nigeria will remain united, productive, respected and be in the forefront of world affairs. Very soon, you will see what I am telling you. We have done it before; and we will do it again.”
He paid tribute to late minority rights activist, Dr J.S. Tarka, as well as the the first civilian governor of Benue State, Apollos Aper Aku, saying the present political leadership in the state was prepared to walk in their steps.
Ayu carpeted the ruling APC for using pernicious propaganda to sway people against the PDP and its legacies, but said the people now know better.
He expressed pride in the quality of people in the new National Working Committee (NWC) of the party, and explained that the NWC has already met four times to map out the necessary agenda to take both the party and the country forward.
Harping on the principles of unity and teamwork, Ayu said: “We will build our party by team-work. And I have made it clear, that I don’t see myself as a messiah. I, rather, see myself as a team-leader, who will be leading a big army with several Elite Divisions.
“We have the governors division; we have the National Assembly Division; we have the states’ party leaders who form another powerful division. We have the local government leaders and we have the ward leaders and the BoT.”
The PDP chairman said the party would fight tooth and nail to win the gubernatorial elections in Ekiti and Osun states respectively.
On the party’s presidential primaries, Ayu said if the PDP could come together to agree on a particular individual for chairman, it means it was capable too of coming together to produce one single candidate to challenge the APC in the presidential election.
“Every candidate that will come forward for the presidential election will be treated fairly, with equity and with fairness. There will be a level playing ground for everybody,” the press release concluded.