â€¢ Party slams APC, presidency over pastorsâ€™ endorsement
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said it will secure electoral victory against the All Progressives Congress (APC) in President Muhammadu Buhariâ€™s home state, Katsina, in 2019.
The National Chairman of PDP, Prince Uche Secondus,Â said Â his party would regain power in Katsina State in the next election.
A statement issued by the Special Assistant to the PDP chairman on Media, Ike Abonyi, quoted Secondus as saying during a rally in Katsina at the weekend whereÂ members of the APC who defeated to the PDP were admitted into the party that the woeful performance of the APC in the state and at the federal level makes victory in the state an easy one.
The PDP chairman said the populace in the state are anxious to see off the APC hence their slogan â€˜letâ€™s chase away hunger in 2019â€™ which to them is what the APC represents.
Secondus told a mammoth crowd of PDP members and supporters that Nigerians can no longer endure the suffering brought about by the APC administration.
He told the rally organised by the North-west zone of the party to formally welcome decamping members to the party that the APC has nothing to offer Nigerians.
â€œIn Katsina State, APC has nothing to show outside what the late Umaru Yarâ€™Adua and Ibrahim Shema did for you.â€
â€œPDP is the only party that has the interest of the people at heart, itâ€™s the only party that will guarantee national unity,â€ he told the crowd.
Meanwhile, the PDP has described the recent endorsement of APC and the Muhamadu Buhari presidency by some religious leaders under the auspices of Arewa Pastors as a stage-managed political gambit.
The opposition party said procuring individuals who masqueraded as religious leaders is a hypocritical and disgusting signs of desperation on the part of APC-led administration.
It said the Buhari presidencyâ€™s hiring of supposed Arewa Pastors was a second attempt to orchestrate fake endorsements ahead of the 2019 election, recalling the recent Martin Luther King Jr. saga.
They also alleged that huge amount of public funds have been earmarked by a cabal to procure endorsements for President Buhari.
PDP in a statement issued yesterday by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, said both procured endorsements, which had turned out to be fake, are to say the least, despicable and that it betrays the nervousness of a sinking leadership, desperately trying to save its face, having been rejected by the people.
â€œIt is heartrending that because of the desperation of one man, the integrity of Nigeriaâ€™s seat of power has again been ridiculed as the world watched religious bodies and groups in the country disowning the procured band.
â€œThe fact that this disgraceful drama came barely a week after our country suffered an international show of shame over President Buhariâ€™s presentation with a procured award fraudulently linked to Martin Luther King Jr, speaks volumes of this administrationâ€™s proclivity for falsehood and deception.
â€œHaving failed to gain any endorsements from reputable international figures such as Bill Gates and the Martin Luther Kings Jr group, the APC and the presidency have now shamelessly resorted to cheaper ways and means, particularly along the unregulated and porous religious and sectional lines.
â€œIt is now overtly manifest that the Buhari administration is ready to even stage anything, no matter how ignoble, including fake rescue missions, to deceive Nigerians.
â€œIt would be recalled that the PDP had earlier alerted Nigerians of plots by the federal government to engage in orchestrated endorsements as well as issuing of false performance indices.
â€œThese disgraceful endorsements are being coordinated by three presidential aides, a cabinet minister from the South-south and certain officials of the APC, a project for whichÂ billions of naira have been earmarked.
â€œThis cabal is also responsible for the renting of crowds, who are usually conveyed in buses, trucks and trailers, to fill the space during President Buhariâ€™s visits to various states of the federation, as witnessed in Benue State during the last visit of the president.
â€œThat President Buhari could be begging for endorsements only points to the fact that he and his cabal have lost the support of Nigerians whom his administration has subjected to horrible economic hardships, traumatic bloodletting and a bleak future.
â€œIf President Buhari and his dysfunctional APC had performed to the least expectations of Nigerians, even by implementing the littlest of their numerous fake campaign promises, they would have no need for mundane gimmicks of procuring awards from well known street quacks ahead of the elections.Â
â€œWe charge all credible groups in the country to be at alert and resist any attempt by the presidency, and APC to induce them to compromise their integrity, as well as guide against plots to use money to infiltrate and divide their ranks.
â€œThe APC and Buhari presidency must admit that their time is up as Nigerians are now rallying with the repositioned PDP in the national quest to rescue our dear countryÂ from the incompetent, failed and deceptive administration of the APC, come 2019,â€ the statement said.