PDP optimistic about retaking Southwest zone
‘Party needs to do more to appease angry members’
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said it has sorted out its internal crisis in the Southwest and now set for victory in the 2019 election in the zone.
Stating that the Southwest region has always been its stronghold, the PDP further said that it has repositioned to retake the governorship of all its original states, particularly those in the Southwest and the northern part of the country while ultimately winning the Presidency and the majority in the National Assembly in 2019.
A statement issued by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, said Nigerians have since seen through the deception and incompetence of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and are now very eager to kick out the party from power.The opposition party also said that its sweeping victory in the Ekiti State local council election is clear and firm evidence of its popularity not only in Ekiti but also in the entire Southwest.
It described the election as credible, free and fair, adding: “the landslide victory is a direct response by the people to the achievements of the Governor Ayo Fayose-led PDP government, in line with the ideology, vision and programmes of the party.”The party also said all its opponents who had wished that its December 9 National Convention would destroy its unity had been frustrated.
Ologbondiyan who is also a member of the post-convention reconciliation committee led by the Bayelsa State governor, Mr. Henry Seriake-Dickson, told The Guardian that the party is making serious progress in reconciling all aggrieved aspirants with the Uche Secondus-led national leadership of the party.
However, a member of the party in the Southwest said contrary to what Ologbodiyan said there are still several reconciliation moves the national headquarters of the party needed to do if it hopes to retake Osun and retain Ekiti in the 2018 governorship election.The member who preferred not to be mentioned said, “Unless leadership of the party is day dreaming, its chances of retaining Ekiti State and retaking Osun in the 2018 governorship election is very bleak, which of course is part of the consequences of December 9 National Convention.”
Pointing to the fact that some of the aggrieved national chairmanship aspirants have already gone to court to challenge the outcome of the election “the PDP as we speak has no presence in Lagos and there is no way it can defeat the ruling All Progressives Congress in 2019,” he said.The source also advised the leadership of the PDP not to live in the illusion that it is still strong in Oyo or Ogun states, saying, “The recent defection of the likes of former governor, Adebayo Alao-Akala, former Senate Leader, Teslim Folarin and others to APC would definitely affect the party’s fortune in the next election unless something critical is done.”
He said the electorates in the area are likely to repay PDP for the disparaging one of the governors on the platform of the party, cast on the Yoruba shortly before the party’s last National Convention.