With the rise in defection to the ruling All Progressives Congress APC, the party has the inability of the main opposition, the Peoples Democratic Party PDP to effectively manage its internal affairs has continued to force out progressive-minded fellows from the former ruling party which might lead to the growing shrinking of Nigeria’s multi-party democracy.
The APC in a statement by its Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Yekini Nabena on Thursday, added that since it does not subscribe to a one-party state, the time has come for the nation’s collection of opposition parties to step into the shoes of the dying PDP.
It accused the PDP and former vice president Atiku Abubakar of seeking a return to power to sell off Nigeria’s remaining national assets, adding that Atiku has been warming up to purchase the PDP Presidential members
“The PDP and Alh. Atiku Abubakar who has begun the early 2023 campaign on the PDP’s presidential candidature he is poised to purchase, is engrossed with their Dubai meetings to plot their hallucinatory return to ensure their bid to sell off the remainder of our national assets. Nigerians are wiser”, APC said in the statement.
“It is not surprising that progressive-minded members of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP have been defecting en masse from the opposition party to the All Progressives Congress APC in recent times.
“For a party unable to run its Secretariat, pay staff salaries and its leadership grappling with a crisis of confidence, it will be unfair to expect its progressive-minded members to remain in the PDP which has failed woefully as the supposed ‘main’ opposition party in Nigeria”, APC stated.
“It is disheartening that the PDP is pushing Nigeria into a largely one-party state. As a party that believes in democracy and progressive politics, the APC does not subscribe to this.
“We, therefore, challenge other opposition political parties to take the place of the PDP because even as the governing party, we recognize the importance of rigorous and intelligent interrogation of our policies and programs by the opposition which the PDP has woefully failed to do”, APC stated.
APC also advanced reasons as to why many influential members of the PDP have continued to abandon the former ruling party, alleging that the PDP has become incapable of running its secretariat, even as its leadership does not inspire confidence among members.