Nigeria’s ruling party said it will not lose any governor to the opposition.
The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has debunked reports that some of its state governors are planning to join the yet to be registered All Progressives Congress, APC.
Describing the reports as false and intended to deceive Nigerians, the PDP said all its governors are working with the party leadership and the president. It said there is no cause for any one of them to contemplate leaving the ruling party for the APC that is yet to have an operable structure.
The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, in a statement on Saturday said the fact that his party took the high moral ground of decency to congratulate the opposition on the formation of the APC does not cover the new party’s inadequacies and its destiny to fall apart in no time.
“Nobody leaves a moving train to join an inoperable one. That the PDP took the high moral ground of decency that we are known for, to congratulate the opposition parties on the formation of their new party does not cover its inherent inadequacies,” he said.
Mr. Metuh said “there is no PDP governor that will leave a stable and national party such as the PDP to join the APC.”
“All our governors are working with the National Chairman and the National Working Committee and the President and there is no reason for anyone of them to contemplate leaving PDP for APC,” he added.
The ruling party also dismissed claims by the opposition that there is disunity in its ranks. Instead, the statement said, PDP governors have been paying courtesy calls on the leadership of the party and have been making public statements that they are with the party leadership and the President in his transformation agenda.
“Those who continue to cast aspersions on the PDP and to suggest that there is crisis in the party are completely deluded. For the avoidance of doubt, there is no crisis in the PDP. We are all working together. The governors have been paying courtesy visits to the National Chairman and the National Working Committee”, the statement said.
Stating that the opposition elements will soon realize that they are merely chasing shadows, the ruling party said it enjoys an overwhelming support from Nigerians and will win more states in the 2015 elections in spite of the APC.
The APC was announced on Wednesday as a new party formed by the merger of four main opposition parties: the Action Congress of Nigeria, All Nigeria Peoples Party, All Progressive Grand Alliance, and the Congress of Progressive Change.