PDP Urges APC Senators, Reps To Join The Party
As part of its plot to wrestle power from the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2019, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has commenced secret talks with some APC Senators and members of the House of Representatives for the purpose of luring them.
According to Senator representing Akwa Ibom north-west, Godswill Akpabio, he said APC lawmakers have been inquiring if there is accommodation for them in the PDP, adding that Nigerians are anticipating the party’s return to power in 2019.
But most of those contacted want an automatic return ticket to the National Assembly.
The party is yet to accede to the request.
Speaking at the PDP’s national convention in Abuja on Saturday, Akpabio said: “APC senators, the doors are open for you. We are going to welcome you and you are welcome. Without a viable democracy, there is no way you can have good governance.
“We will continue to support policies that will take Nigeria out of recession but we cannot support ones that will take Nigeria into depression.
“When gold passes through the furnace, it comes out shining. Having seen the rough days for PDP, we shall now shine like gold.
“Our brothers who were misled into thinking they are changing party, the doors are open for you. Feel free to come back. You can come back and join us, you are always welcome.
“It is time to change the change. A change that is negative must go to make room for positive change.
“What a beautiful day this is, what a beautiful moment this is for democracy in Africa. The only thing that shows there is democracy is the legislature and that is why we (lawmakers) are here in our large numbers.
“PDP stands for democracy; for the chance for people to determine who leads them. I don’t need to talk about whether PDP is ready for government. I don’t need to talk about whether we have come back. Have we not come back? Who can you say we don’t have here?
“If we did not achieve anything, I want to tell you that we have achieved experience. We did a lot while in power and our achievements are there for all to see.
“Which party set up the GSM revolution? Which party hates corruption? Which party set up ICPC, EFCC?” he asked.
Meanwhile, there were indications last night that the PDP might concede its vice presidential ticket to either the South-East or the South-South.
A party leader said: “It is settled that our presidential ticket is going to the North. We are looking to the South-South and the South-East to pick the running mate.
“Once we get the candidate from the North right, PDP will coast to victory in 2019. This time around, we are really being careful. We are thinking of working on the old formula of the defunct National Party of Nigeria (NPN) in zoning elected offices.
“Some of those on the cards are Ekweremadu, Akpabio, Governors Wike and Ayo Fayose, and ex-Governor Donald Duke.
“We may have more candidates by the time we hold our elective convention in December.”