The national legal adviser of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Barrister Emmanuel Enoidem, has described the party’s loss to the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2015 as a blessing in disguise.
According to him, the loss of PDP has afforded Nigerians ample opportunity to compare and contrast between the party and APC to know which of the two really mean well for the country.
Enoidem stated this on Sunday while fielding questions from journalists on the leadership crisis rocking the opposition party.
He said, “What has happened in Nigeria today has really brought to the fore the fact that PDP meant well for Nigerians; PDP is the better alternative for Nigeria. I am happy that we lost election through fraudulent means in 2015 so that Nigerians can really have opportunity to compare two extremes. We now have opportunity in APC to compare what PDP did.
“So, for me, the loss of the election in 2015 has become a blessing in disguise for PDP. That’s what it is! Because if you take all indices of developments anywhere in Nigeria, you will discover that all of them that were pointing to 2015 downward, inflation, unemployment have hit the high heaven, foreign exchange value has hit the heavens. There is nothing in the country that is working. For the cost of living, Nigeria has become the world headquarters of poverty, it has overtaken India and China in the process.
“So, you can see that PDP managed Nigeria economy well, managed Nigeria’s differentials including ethnic and religious differentials very well. Managed Nigeria’s nationality and constitutionalism very well.
“These are all clear indications that we did well as a political party. I believe that come 2023, Nigerians if they want the country to remain, if they want this country to reconnect itself in the comity of states, they should definitely bring PDP back to government.”
Onoidem, therefore, called on Nigerians to continue to have faith in the party, adding that what is happening within the party was a normal process that has always been with the party since inception.
“If you have followed the history of PDP, I keep telling people that PDP is an organic party. Organic in the sense that it belongs to the people. It doesn’t belong to one man. It is a party that belongs to the entirety of Nigerians. No ward, no local government and no state in Nigeria that doesn’t have a sufficient and sizeable members of PDP. So, to that extent, the stakeholders who are Nigerian people would not want the party to crumble, would not want anything to happen to the party.
“Whatever you see as rumblings within the party is normal as far as I am concerned; those rumblings are normal.
“If you check the history, the trajectory of the party, no National Working Committee of the party that has stayed up to three years before. This is the first time in the history of Nigeria, I mean in the history of the party since 1998 that the National Working Committee of our party served for over three years and almost four years and just three months to the end of the tenure.
“We believe that the party leaders will continue to brainstorm to reach an understanding, everything will settle. So, it is a normal political intrigues. We are used to it. I want to let Nigerians understand that we will not betray their hope. We are not going to disappoint their trust in the party,” Enoidem stated.