The ruling party said the merger showed the opposition as weak.
The ruling People’s Democratic Party said Sunday, its evaluation of the nation’s unfolding political events, particularly the merger plan by opposition parties, showed signs the party will retain the Presidency, and win more states by 2015.
The party said in a statement that fears about the discord amongst its members, and the potential of such row weakening the party ahead of 2015, were misplaced.
It said such disagreements, the latest being the bitter election of the governors’ forum, are a reflection of the PDP’s democratic stance where all members have opportunity to air their views and to freely canvass their opinions unlike what obtains in the opposition parties where opinions and views of members are muzzled by political godfathers.
The PDP also dismissed as “shadow-chasing and day-dreaming”, boasts by the leaders of the yet-to-be-registered opposition coalition, the All Progressive Congress, APC, that they will take over government in 2015. The party said power lies only with the people and not on the hands of few desperate individuals.
“We welcome the opposition to the contest. However, they are already doomed to failure because Nigerians have since realized their undemocratic tendencies and desperation for power for selfish reasons. Nigerians know that they are merely strange bed fellows who are united by bitterness, frustration and religious and tribal sentiments and not for the national interest,” the party said.
“They have continued to betray their lust and inner disposition by their utterances in seeking to “seize power” which has remained their only agenda. They fail to understand that in a democracy, power is not to be seized. It is conferred by the people and this is the reason the people have continued to identify with the PDP.”
The party added that the opposition alliance will soon be in disarray adding that most of those in the ranks will be betrayed and victimized by the godfathers who see the coalition as their personal estates.
The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, who issued a statement Sunday, said the ruling party welcomes the opposition to the electoral contest in 2015 but noted that they were already doomed to fail as Nigerians have since realized that they are merely “strange bed fellows” who have nothing to offer but united by bitterness, frustration, and religious and tribal sentiments.
“the PDP believes in the people. No individual, group or tribe owns the PDP. It belongs to all Nigerians. The PDP is a big family, united in freedom. In a family there are bound to be divergence of opinions and views and this occurs where people are free. What outsiders see as internal disagreements is actually a reflection of the democratic stance of the PDP. The PDP is the only party where people are absolutely free to express their views and freely canvass their opinions unlike in the opposition parties where the views and opinions of members are muzzled by their godfathers.
“Nigerians already know what to expect from the opposition and that is why they have rejected them. Nobody would want to support a party that breeds bitterness, anger and frustration. The world has noted Nigerians are a happy people. Nigerians are guided by the spirit of brotherliness, oneness and love for one another. So nobody wants a party that continues to sow the seeds of discord, frustration and anger among the people”, the party said.
Merger is good for us
The party also said the merger of the opposition parties is a positive factor for it, as it has shown that the parties are essentially weak and will not be able to grapple with the huge responsibility of managing a big party.
“We challenge the opposition also to be bold enough to hold primaries when the time comes. Many of those singing praises of the alliance will be betrayed and victimized by the godfathers and it will dawn on them that they have been deceived,” the statement said.
The PDP added that as the only national party, strictly committed to the wellbeing of all Nigerians, it has the capacity to listen to all members, reconcile all the differences and carry all along as entrenched in its constitution and manifesto.
Stating that it remains the party to beat because of its democratic stance, the PDP, noted that it has formidable structures in all the wards, local government and states of the federation and called on its members to close ranks and remain united.
“This is why the PDP will continue to win elections. The PDP is the only party that has formidable structures in all the wards, local government and states of the federation. We have the platform and a level playground to accommodate the views of everyone. People are free to express their views. As a family, we galvanize the views for the common good, united by our commitment to serve the people”, the party said.