Governorship Elections: PDP targets victory in 24 states

The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Adamu Mu’azu, has charged members of the party nationwide to ensure that it wins 24 states in the April 11 governorship elections.

In a statement on Saturday, Mr. Mu’azu listed the states the party must win to include Lagos, Rivers and Imo whose governorship candidates he described as “first class materials.”

The PDP currently controls 21 of the 36 states in the country. They are Bayelsa, Cross River, Delta, Akwa Ibom, Abia, Ebonyi, Enugu, Adamawa, Taraba, Bauchi, Gombe, Benue, Plateau, Niger and Kogi.

Others are Jigawa, Katsina, Kebbi, Kaduna, Ekiti and Ondo.

Mr. Mu’azu, who could not deliver his home state, Bauchi, to the PDP in last Saturday’s presidential election, urged the party faithful to pick up the pieces and ensure that they return quickly to its “winning ways.”

According to him, the gubernatorial election next week would certainly provide the PDP a soft-landing after conceding the presidency to the All Progressives Congress in the presidential election on March 28.

“I urge the PDP faithful to pick up the pieces and ensure that we return quickly to our old winning ways. There should be no room for voter apathy that was a major factor to our losing the presidential election,” Mr. Mu’azu said.

“While our opponents were savouring their famous victory, we should out flank them and corner at least two thirds of the states of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“This is not an impossible target if we return to our elements with immediate effect. We have done it before and we can do it again. Nothing will be sweeter than PDP taking Lagos, our own Rivers State and Imo. Our candidates in these states are first class material who have fully penetrated the political structures of those states and are set to win.”

The chairman said the party’s target is to retain the 21 states it currently leads “and then sink our teeth into the heart of our political opponents and show that their presidential victory is nothing more than a one-off that won’t be repeated in a long while.”

He recounted that earlier in the week, he reminded the PDP gubernatorial candidates in all the states that one thing that won’t happen in this gubernatorial race is the “so called bandwagon effect.”

He stressed, “The reason is simple. Our party is used to bouncing back whenever we experience a setback.”

Mr. Mu’azu said the PDP in the past 16 years of democracy has maintained fair play consistently and that even the APC admitted this in its response to President Goodluck Jonathan’s speech conceding to president-elect General Muhammadu Buhari.

He stated, “The key to winning the remaining election is heavy turnout and voting the PDP all the way. There should be no tactical voting. Be consistent in your support for the party. What we experienced in the presidential election is merely a hiccup which we must cast out in the gubernatorial polls.

“All PDP supporters must remember their pedigree, our track record and history of the party and the source of our electoral feats of the last sixteen years. We are the reason that democracy has taken root in Nigeria since 1999. This is something every member of our great party should be very proud of.

“We have only lost a battle but the war to bring our country to the highest level of democratic governance is still to be won or lost. Our governorship candidates should go out and finish the good fight and come up trumps in the remaining gubernatorial and houses of assembly election on 11th April. We are remaining the winning party and by God’s special grace we shall win again and again.”


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  • Olusola

    No more police or Army to give you cover so how do you intend to do it? I am also sure Dr Jonathan will pay all of you back, so let’s have it “free and fair” he will say!

  • Maria

    PDP maybe will only have Bayelsa!

    • Omotolaaraujo

      VIDEO: Bayelsa Governor, Seriake Dickson, Leads Thugs To Attack, Sack Court In Yenagoa

  • Emeka

    lol. i doubt if PDP will win Lagos. i don’t even think JK is still campaigning. He must be deflated. Rivers might go to the APC, same with IMO. Abia might go to APGA, most northern States will go to the APC. PDP in big trouble. lets see how it goes

  • Layo

    Mission impossible, season 2. When your sitting governors can not even win senatorial seats in some states. Keep dreaming. Nigerians are wiser, not all though. Part of the plan is to hide result sheets I guess.

  • Hahahahahahahah. …………….

  • Omotolaaraujo

    Vote NO to the PDP. They are the Terrorist Party. Their mayhem continues in several states. They must not threaten Nigerians again.

  • Ade

    wishful thinking Mr. Muazu

    • Tunsj

      Well put!!

  • Adamson

    PDP will not come into Lagos or the South West for all I care. With so many big mouths to feed, PDP in Lagos will be a disaster. I mean they are used to chopping trillions. Lagos is the only state tht can provide resources big enough for them to eat. But the whole resources of Lagos will not be enough for them to chop since their chopping spree has come to an inglorious end in the Federal Govt. PDP as presently known will die a natural death in 6 months.

    “Lagos is where I live with my family. Lagos is where I earn a living. Lagos is where I am raising my children. Lagos is my home. I have nowhere else to go but Lagos. This is why I must begin to wonder why some are contemplating voting in a failed party with a woeful record on good governance to reverse all the gains made by successive APC administrations (including previous reincarnations of the party) in the past 16 years – gains recorded despite intentional isolation policies of the Federal Government. I for one cannot experiment with my future, the future of my family or that of the State by putting it in the hands of a sinking ship which is now more preoccupied with financing its political survival than assuring good governance. I do not want the State to return to the era of insecurity, filthy neighbourhoods, poorly maintained roads and executive impunity. Rather, I am excited by the possibility of being aligned with the Federal Government to propel us to the next level of development. If I did not deem the PDP fit to govern me at the centre, then why should I bring their ineptitude closer to home? I urge Lagos residents to vote for the man backed by a team of seasoned and tested achievers. Vote APC. Vote Akinwunmi Ambode for Governor of Lagos State.”

    My name is The SonOfManSonOfGod, I approve this message.

    • Linda

      Well written note. I can’t fathom it as well voting for pdp to govern Lagos. I trust Lagosians are not gullible and I can assure you we will never vote for pdp in Lagos state and other south western states. Ambode and APC shall be victorious. Eko oni baje o.

      • Allayes

        Well, do not be too sure that enough voters in Lagos are not gullible. From what we have witnessed in the past couple of elections elsewhere in the country, a lot of Nigerian voters just lack the capacity to think as deeply as you do. Anyone that can think deeply will have nothing to do with the PDP, especially now that a lot of their members are suddenly feeling the pangs of hunger.

    • Allayes

      You got it right. I can imagine that several PDP members are now more than desperate to grab hold of any State they can now, as the Abuja largesse has been suddenly cut off. I sympathize (in advance) with any State that has the PDP as the ruling party for the next 4 years. If they can get hold of Lagos, all the party’s hierarchy will descend on the State like locusts and like locusts, it will be very hard to get rid of them. A lot of them are now starring into the abyss of hunger after getting used to feeding fat. I just pray that the Lagos electorate think of their and their children’s future.

  • Action Group

    Mere consolatory message on the defeat from the presidential elections,he has forgotten what they call bandwagon effect in politics.Maybe,he wants to wand government magic,let’s wait and see.

  • Linda

    This Pdp chairman is not serious. You just want to capture Lagos? No manifesto? You have no good agenda for Lagos other than to capture. Shame on PDP. Now that the Federal government fund is out of your hand you want to capture Lagos so as to milk us dry. We can’t allow that to happen. The likes of Bode George, obanikoro are not fit to manage Lagos. We Lagosians have decided to move forward. Forward ever backward never. Pdp is synonymous with backwardness. Eko oni baje o. Vote Ambode vote APC.

    • Micbay

      Well informed! PDP is now gone the way of the dodo and it shall never return to our mist again, not even to Lagos state. So, I enjoin Lagosians to troop out en mass for APC-Ambode on the 11th April. God bless Nigeria.

  • Linda

    Pdp is very boastful upon nothing. Bode George said his ultimate goal is to win Lagos. Jimi Agbaje is surrounded by thieves and election jobbers. Please save Lagos from the likes of Obanikoro. Vote Ambode vote APC.

    • Harry


  • Ken

    What a joke! At the moment I doubt if GEJ will want to partake in any governorship election manipulation or influencing because he knows anything he does from now that is outside the law may backfire after may 29th. So it’s everyone for himself from now on, Infact even the police and army will not partake in any assisted rigging like it happened in ekiti state bcos even they also know that a new dynamic is in play. As far as I can tell nothing for PDP again.

  • bib

    Fear of card reader is the beginning of political wisdom.

  • objective

    No manual accreditation on the 11th. Card reader all the way!!!!

    • A. Aminu

      You want to frighten the PDP? They are afraid of card reader bcos u can’t rig an election with it.

  • Akanji92

    Alhaji Muazu for your information we shall reject your party in Lagos and other Southwest states. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO RIG.

  • objective

    Our brothers in the South East will deliver themselves from the bondage of PDP on the 11th. Massive deliverance!

  • JustMe

    This is coming from someone who could not even deliver his state to PDP during the presidential elections. Joker!

  • sammyctu ode

    This idiots can never see the writing on the wall. This is how that Yoruba bastard of a boy fani kayode said they will or have won 24 states during the presidential elections. Anyway, bad losers will always try to make themselves happy at the corners of their bedrooms. With GMB firmly in the saddle and with the bandwagon effect, they should be lucky if they win eight states this time around. If they think they can rig again in SE, SS they have something else coming.

  • Ike Masha

    Adamu Mu’azu and PDP should start preparing for the Electoral TSUNAMI
    that may confine his Party to irrelevance by April 12th.

    Those Nigerians that did not vote for change during the Presidential election may not want to be left behind on
    April 11th.

    Let us hope that on the 12th Mr. Mu’azu still has a Party to Chair.

  • Paul Graham

    NOT WITH THE CARD READERS. PDP WILL LOSE IN RIVERS AND AKWA IBOM IF CARD READERS ARE USED FOR THE GOVERNORSHIP ELECTION. THE JUMBO VOTES RECORDED WERE AS A RESULT OF MANUAL ACCREDITATION. To eliminate clowned, stolen and voodoo PCVs, INEC should use the card readers in the following States. AKWA IBOM, DELTA, IMO, CROSS RIVER AND RIVERS. INEC should ensure that materials arrive on time and are evenly distributed. Simply put, INEC should provide a level playing field.

  • Lemmuel Odjay

    Yes it is possible, Muazu. But the icing on the cake? It is gone!

  • Usman

    Weed at work

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  • McAlfred Uta

    I know Muazu is not a drunkard so what is responsible for the present pipe dream. As a seating Governor he failed to clinch senate seat in his native Bauchi so what will change the Nigerian GMB landslide and the “I want to belong attitude” that will see most Nigerians voting for the party at the centre. My prediction – PDP will in the following States: Delta, Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Enugu, Bayelsa, Kogi, Plateau and Taraba. If they win in any other State the opponent should go to the Tribunal to reclaim his mandate