2019: We’ll not rely on money to win, PDP replies Buhari

By Admin on 04/06/2018

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has told President Muhammadu Buhari that its goodwill and support of Nigerians are enough to secure victory for it in the 2019 general elections. The party, which was responding to Buhari’s statement that the All Progressives Congress (APC) cannot match the resources of the opposition in the 2019 presidential election, said PDP will not rely on money to win the general elections.

In a statement yesterday by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, PDP noted that the president’s declaration was an admission of failure. It said Buhari has squandered the goodwill that brought him into office in 2015, due to his abysmal failure.

“It is unfortunate that President Buhari would resort to face-saving stunts, barefaced blackmail and outright condemnation of the PDP rather than admitting his failures to fulfil campaign promises that he freely made to Nigerians,” the party said.

The statement added that President Buhari and APC have realised that the key electoral resource of PDP is the overwhelming support and goodwill of Nigerians.

“Perhaps, Mr. President needs to know that Nigerians have become more politically sophisticated and that the only resource needed by a political party or a candidate in an election is the goodwill of the people and not financial reserves. “President Buhari and the APC should not be surprised that Nigerians have rejected them and returned to the PDP,” the party said.

It listed the reasons why Nigerians have rejected Buhari and APC to include mismanagement of the economy, escalated hatred, violence and daily bloodletting by insurgents, acute hunger and starvation, siege mentality, persecution and trampling of citizens’ rights. The party regretted that instead of seeking ways of regaining the support of Nigerians, Buhari and the APC have been engaging in needless propaganda and working on how to financially sway voters.

“Indeed, President Buhari’s fixation on money politics confirms fears that the unabated syphoning of trillions of naira by the cabal at the Buhari presidency through sleazy oil subsidy deals in the NNPC and the Ministry of Petroleum, in addition to the looting of public funds in other agencies, under the APC, are all preparatory for the manipulation of votes for President Buhari in 2019.

“Perhaps, this accounts for why a government that claims to be fighting corruption is breaking new grounds in corruption-related activities. “President Buhari should, therefore, not think that he is addressing Nigerians of 2015, who gave him votes by listening to mere rhetoric and tales by moonlight. “Nigerians have moved on and they know that the PDP is the only credible vehicle to return our nation to the path of peace, national cohesion and economic prosperity, which were the hallmarks of the PDP years, before the unfortunate incursion of the APC,” PDP said.

The President had, on Friday, expressed fears that the opposition was presently in possession of so much money which they are using to sponsor mischief against him, ahead of the 2019 general elections. Buhari said his party, the APC, unfortunately does not have such amount of funds to match the opposition. Buhari spoke when he received the Buhari Media Organisation (BMO), at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. “The opposition is sitting on incredible resources which I am afraid we might not match it at all.

“For that reason, the opposition is sponsoring mischief from different angles which, in spite of the incumbency of government, we cannot absolutely stop,” he had said.




Posted on June, 4 2018

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