The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has blasted its main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), saying more members are finding their way to the ruling party because it is implementing projects and programmes that meet the needs of the citizens.
This was contained in a statement on Wednesday by the National Secretary Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) of the APC, Sen. John James Akpanudoedehe.
He also rejected the claim by the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus, that the party is planning to rig the 2023 general elections.
Akpanudoedehe noted that the strong internal democracy, transparency and fairness in the conduct of the party’s affair which the opposition party lacks, are additional reasons that make the APC a better option for Nigerians, including serving state governors, National and State Assembly members who are abandoning the PDP and joining the APC.
“We want to remind Nigerians that while many APC members were victims of rigging when the PDP was in power, the APC has no record of rigging elections,” he said.
“The Muhammadu Buhari-led administration has introduced electoral reforms aimed at ensuring that all loopholes that open the electoral process to possible abuse in future elections are sealed and eliminated.
“With more than 40 million registered members, the APC has a solid foundation to successfully contest and win elections against other parties without tampering with the verdict of the citizens as was the case when PDP misruled the country for 16 years”.
Akpanudoedehe added that the PDP is ruined and will fail in any future elections because it is rudderless, leaderless and devoid of anything coherent and organisational, thus making it moribund, irrelevant and too feeble to be an effective opposition.
“The only thing that held the PDP together in the 16 years was access to national resources of which it has been deprived of feasting on by the electorates whose trust it lost during two general elections.
“Nigerian electorates know that the APC is a party of people with integrity, who are trustworthy and fully prepared to implement policies that will address their interests and enhance their general wellbeing, he added.”