• We will take over from APC in 2019
By Ogheneuvede Ohwovoriole in Abuja
One of the newly-registered political parties, the Action Democratic Party (ADP), has said it will work very hard and mobilise Nigerians against the All Progressives Congress (APC) with the hope of becoming the ruling party in the 2019 general election.
It also said the ruling party, the APC and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are destroying the principles of democracy in the country and do not mean well for Nigeria.
The National Chairman of the party, Mr. Yusuf Yabagi Sani, stated this in Abuja while addressing a press conference at the party’s national secretariat after its National Executive Committee’s (NEC) meeting.
Promising to right the wrong of the two parties, the National Chairman of ADP said the party is now fully on ground with the collection of its certificate of registration from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) last Friday.
“We are prepared for the coming elections. Even before the INEC Chairman said the commission was prepared for the election, we were prepared; our members in various states were just waiting patiently for this day, registration and collection of our certificate of registration, which has come,’’ he stated.
“Believe you me, we are ready because Nigerians are ready for the real change and not the cosmetic change that you have been seeing that have plunged us into what we are seeing today.
“We believe that all Nigerians have been waiting for us and this is the beginning the journey to greatness, a great nation, a safe place where you can live anywhere and do business anywhere. In Anambra State governorship election and other elections that are coming, you will see wonders.”
He also said the party would not allow impunity to grow and destroy the party like it did to the PDP and is now doing to the APC.
Sani said the constitution of its party does not recognise persons but the political parties.
“Political parties as institutions have been taken for granted. Before we thought it was just a platform that people can use to run for an election but parties like APC and PDP are destroying the principles of political parties”, ADP added.
“We have realised that it is unthinkable to talk about democracy without talking of political parties. Which means that political parties have the responsibility to make sure that democracy is entrenched and managed professionally.
‘’You don’t leave political parties in the hands of lame men or dropouts. Educated and enlightened people should manage political parties because whatever they do affects everybody. Let all Nigerians come and join us and let’s rescue Nigeria together.”
He added that the party would provide purposeful leadership that is currently lacking in the country and will be transparent, accountable and responsive to the people.
According the National Chairman, “ADP is a party of necessity; a party borne out of genuine desire to make Nigeria secure, stable and egalitarian; a country where democracy and rule of law shall reign.’’