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Nigerians Ready to Forgive PDP, Kick Out APC in 2019—Ologbondiyan

By Modupe Gbadeyanka

The newly elected National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, has disclosed that Nigerians will forgive his party and eject the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) from power in 2019.

Mr Ologbondiyan made this disclosure on Monday on a live programme aired by RayPower FM called Political Platform, which was monitored by Business Post.

The opposition spokesman, while reacting to comments made by his counterpart in the APC, Mr Bolaji Abdullahi, who was his former colleague at ThisDay Newspaper, where the pair worked on the political desk of the paper, described as shameful the inability for the APC to conduct meetings, congresses and convention in the last three years in total violation of the party’s constitution.

Mr Ologbondiyan described the just-concluded National Convention of the PDP as one of the most credible in recent times.

“We (PDP) believe Nigerians have forgiven us for our past mistakes and are ready to vote out the APC in 2019 because they (Nigerians) are tired of the party’s deceits.

“There are queues at the petrol stations everywhere in the country for fuels. Even, Nigerians do not have the money to purchase the fuel,” the PDP spokesman said.

Earlier, Mr Ologbondiyan, in a statement, stated that, “Nigerians have come to discover that APC is a fraud, an organization of deceitful characters who have failed to keep a single of its countless promises made to the citizens.

“It is no longer news that the nation is drifting under APC and the PDP has come to the rescue. We must therefore remind the APC that the era of deceit, trickery and scaremongering, which has been the hallmarks of their government, is gone and Nigerians are just waiting to kick them out come 2019.”

“It is indeed laughable that the APC which has roundly failed in not only managing the affairs of the country but also its own internal issues would recourse to panic mode just because the PDP has succeeded in uniting its fronts by conducting of a very credible elective National Convention.

“We were very much aware of the plots by the APC to scuttle the convention and failing it has resorted to a failed attempt to discredit an elective convention that has been adjudged as creditable, novel and laudable by political stakeholders and lovers of democracy across the nation.

“This unwarranted attack is only symptomatic of a party that has lost control and only clutching on straws for survival having been outrightly rejected by Nigerians.

“Is it not disgusting, reprehensible and embarrassing that the APC that has repeatedly failed to hold meetings, congresses and convention in the last three years and has flagrantly continued to violate its own constitution is questioning our party’s rights to perform her legitimate and constitutional obligation?

“Perhaps APC leaders have never read Article 25 (A)(i) of their party’s Constitution which stipulates that “the National Convention of the party (APC) shall be held once in two years at a date, venue and time to be recommended by the National Working Committee (NWC) and approved by the National Executive Committee (NEC) subject to the giving of the statutory notices to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and at least 14 days notice given to members eligible to attend.”

“Which impunity could be higher than APC violating its constitution? It is strange that APC could be moralizing on the principles of social justice whereas its actions against Nigerians are a complete departure from the norms,” he said in the statement.

Modupe Gbadeyanka is a fast-rising journalist with Business Post Nigeria. Her passion for journalism is amazing. She is willing to learn more with a view to becoming one of the best pen-pushers in Nigeria. Her role models are the duo of CNN's Richard Quest and Christiane Amanpour.

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