The PDP and its Self-conceited Leadership Failed Woefully – Keyamo

Festus Keyamo, the Tinubu/Shettima Presidential Campaign Council’s spokesperson, stated on Monday night that Nigerians should take Nyesom Wike, the governor of Rivers State, as well as the absence of four other governors and some PDP National Working Committee members from the official PDP presidential campaign launch in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, as a warning sign.

At the same time, the Minister of State for Labour and Employment said he thought it was a big joke that the PDP’s struggling National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu, was on stage vowing to improve the nation’s fortunes.

Keyamo made the statement in a release issued on Monday night.

The presidential candidate of the party, Atiku Abubakar, and his running mate, Ifeanyi Okowa, began their campaign in Uyo yesterday (Monday). Governors, ex-governors, and top chieftains of the PDP were present at the occasion. Members of the PDP Board of Trustees, led by a former senate president, Chief Adolphus Wabara, were also present at the venue.

 However, the governor of Rivers state, Nyesome Wike and his counterparts in Oyo State (Seyi Makinde), Benue State (Samuel Ortom), Abia State (Ikpeazu Okezie), and Enugu State (Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi), were absent.

In Keyamo’s opinion, the start of the presidential campaign was an accident waiting to happen because the opposition party had persisted in treating the Nigerian people with contempt and disrespect. He said, “When you have a flag-off campaign shunned by the national vice-chairmen of the South-South, South-West, and five sitting governors out of thirteen, that is a definitive and resounding red-flag that Nigerians should not vote the presidential candidate of the PDP in this coming election.

“If the people’s representatives at the state levels are so unanimously against their party’s candidate that they would shun his campaign launch, then indeed, we would say to Nigerians, A word is enough for the wise.

“If not the loss of the sense of shame, what else could have goaded PDP’s now discredited “sit tight” National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu, to be audacious enough to stand on a podium today in Uyo and make any promise to Nigerians?

“Has he been able to fulfil his promise to himself and his party members to step down from office should a northerner emerge as the presidential candidate at their party primaries?

“How can a party that cannot unite itself promise to unite Nigeria? How can a party that brazenly violates its constitution on zoning is trusted to obey the form of Nigeria if again trusted with power?

“Fortunately, to the benefit of Nigerians, there remain a few good men within PDP. These honourable men belonging to the party’s NWC deemed it right to return hundreds of millions of Naira allegedly transferred into their individual bank accounts as “hush money” to suppress the investigation of the scandal of humongous financial misappropriation levelled against their national chairman.

“Not much should, therefore, be expected from such a gathering. With the obvious inability of its presidential candidate to assuage frayed nerves of disaffected persons within their ranks, how will it be possible for such a person to unite people within such a diverse landscape as Nigeria? You definitely cannot give what you don’t have.

“The PDP and its self-conceited leadership failed woefully to put its house in order before hitting the streets to ask for the votes of Nigerians and, ironically, telling Nigerians they are on a rescue mission.

“Till date, their national secretariat remains uncompleted, whilst the APC, in its relatively shorter existence, now has a permanent headquarters.

“Our democracy is young. This Fourth Republic is barely 24 years old. But then, a 24 years old man would be said to be coming of age. At this time, Nigerians are no longer interested in trial-and-error leadership.

“Those who have not been proven to be ‘good enough’ leaders should have no access to our highest office. If nothing else speaks to the disaster an Abubakar Atiku presidency will be, this crisis within the PDP does so eloquently.”

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