PDP must address image problem before thinking of returning to power — APC

From left: Deputy Chairman (North), All Progressives Congress (APC), Sen. Lawal Shuaibu; APC National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun; and the National Secretary of the party, Alhaji Mai Mala Buni, during a meeting between the APC Governors and the party’s National Working Committee, in Abuja on Wednesday (24/5/17). 02781/24/5/2007/Hogan-Bassey/BJO/NAN

The All Progressive Congress has dismissed the statement by the Peoples Democratic Party that the opposition party was poised to returning to power in 2019 following last week’s resolution of its leadership crisis.

In a statement on Sunday by its spokesperson, Bolaji Abdullahi, the APC said the main opposition party should not think of power until it has rebranded to address its image problem arising from the association of most of its leaders with corruption.

The ruling party, which was reacting to a story in the Vanguard Newspaper of Saturday titled, “2019: PDP Unveils Plans to Sack APC”, said it was delighted by the PDP’s talk of holding the APC-led federal government accountable.

It reiterated its accusation that the PDP had engaged in a “brand of opposition politics (that) had been characterised mainly by allegation mongering and open incitements of separatist agitations across the country.”

Below is the APC Statement:

We refer to a story in the Vanguard Newspaper of Saturday, July 15 titled, “2019: PDP Unveils Plans to Sack APC”.

In the aftermath of the Supreme Court judgement that favoured the Makarfi faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Makarfi himself announced rather exuberantly that his victory at the court meant that PDP was ready to return to power. We had dismissed Makarfi’s statement as part of the excitement that follows a favourable court ruling. However, since that Wednesday verdict, we noticed that several of his supporters and party members have expressed similar sentiment. We therefore feel the need to respond appropriately.

In recent past, the PDP brand of opposition politics had been characterized mainly by allegation mongering and open incitements of separatist agitations across the country. It appears however that the outcome of Wednesday ruling is beginning to set them on a different course. We are therefore delighted that the PDP is beginning to talk about holding the APC accountable for the promises in our manifesto.

We want Nigerians, not just the PDP, to hold us accountable for every promise contained in our manifesto. We only urge them to be fair. A manifesto is not a four-year programme. If PDP had fully implemented its manifesto in the 16 years that it was in power, Nigerians would not have been attracted to the APC promise of change in 2015, because there would have been little left to promise.

The Vanguard Newspaper report quoted a former minister of PDP, “who did not want his name in print for fear of a backlash from the current administration as he is presently facing prosecution by the anti-graft agency.” That is exactly the problem with the PDP as it is currently constituted. There are only a few people left in that party whose faces do not represent the face of corruption. These few good men and women left in the PDP would do well to listen to ex-stalwarts of the party like the former Akwa Ibom governor, Obong Victor Attah who has advised that the party needs an urgent change of name because the PDP brand is already damaged beyond repair. But Nigerians know that even with a change of name, it is not the cowl that makes the monk. Therefore, like Attah asked, “Now that they have resolved their crisis, what is left of the PDP?” Senator Makarfi and his supporters should take a break from their victory dance to attend to this question.

The Vanguard report also quoted the un-namable minister as comparing the PDP and the APC to a tale of two wives, saying that Nigerians have tried the two and had seen who was better. We find this metaphor quite interesting. We need to point out however that APC is the new wife that is busy working at the kitchen that has been looted empty by the former wife who had made away with the entire foodstuff and even the kitchen utensils. Nigerians know this. If the food is a little late in coming, they understand the circumstance. But if that other thieving wife now begins to argue that she was a better cook and should be brought back into the kitchen because the new wife is a slow cook, then that should pass for hypocrisy. No matter the temporary hardship that we may be experiencing, Nigerians know better than to bring PDP back to power so soon for fear that this time, they might disappear with the kitchen itself.

We also note with regret, PDP’s penchant to mock President Muhammadu Buhari with his health situation. We admit that the health of a president is every citizen’s business. However, it is un-African, if not ungodly, to continue to taunt a man and even challenge him to a fight at his moment of weakness. We have seen in the last few days, some members of the PDP who have boasted to defeat President Buhari in 2019. We urge Nigerians to Google the names of these individuals and see what comes up. It is however understandable, even if not acceptable, that when the lion is enfeebled, even a rabbit would grow the temerity to tweak its tail.

We urge Nigerians to remain resolute in support of the APC and President Muhammadu Buhari. We are confident that whatever difficulty we are going through at the moment is only a passing phase.


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  • Ashibogu

    Bolaji! Bolaji! How many times have I called you? Be careful! Your Oga’s cooruption baggage is as big as the rock of Gibraltar. Those who live in glass houses must not throw stones.

    • sab

      Oga Bolaji, were you not a visible part of the PDP then even as a sports minister? Which image are you talking about here? Good or bad, you were deep in it then

      • emmanuel

        They are all criminals warming up to return to the PDP. They are throng to the APC, because they knew Buhari needed criminals to make up his political structure in the APC. Now that Buhari is out of the way, it is time to leave the crooks in CPC and ACN to return to their stable of rogues without access to national treasury.
        Unfortunately for them, Buhari was a moral burden with his islamist agenda, so they all want to distant themselves from him and the remnant of his ragtag politics.
        The PDP return to power will leave them with power for a very long time

        • emmanuel

          *they throng to the APC

  • Jb

    The only way they can address their image problem is to return all the billions of dollars and trillions of naira they have stolen and have sincere repentance before God and man. Anything short of this is not acceptable.

    • North/West Allies

      Thousands of them are in APC, confused man

  • George

    PDP sixteen years damage compare to APC two years damage I would prefer PDP any day any time.

    Where is the APC president and they are comparing rat with elephant sorrowful people.


    I will prefer the PDP any time any day

    • ubong

      APC is made up of approximately 9p% of former PDP members. The same highly wicked and corrupt sarakis. Kwakwausu, ita Enang, Ameachis , akpabios and orji Kalu s and mohammed are now in APC meaning our collective wealth is s being looted by yhe same criminals. Workers salaries not paid when due by the same wicked human beings whether in APC or PDP. What Nigerians need is human beings with some elements of empathy and national conscience devoid of these current crops of highly wicked so called representatives. We may have Buhari as honest and discipline individual that most of theze criminals climbex on Buhari integrity to be elected by heavily blinded and politically immature Nigerians, who could understood that alphabet do not govern us by human beings, therefore they must elect people bade on past records no matter the party or alphabet

  • Harry

    The long suffering Nigerians will decide in 2019 who they want and APC cannot decide for us. What credibility does the APC possess when most of the PDP politicians have long decamped to the ruling APC?

  • Alhaji

    APC and PDP are the same thieves. There is no difference between Abacha, Atiku, Babangida or Buhari. They are all islamic rogues.

    • Chuma Anierobi

      Nigerians are the same including you.

      • Alhaji

        If I happen to be the president of Nigeria, you will run away from the country as I will sentence you to at least 100 years for taking #100 bribe The heat will be too much for you to conduct “business.” If you steal #1000, that will be non negotiable 1000 years for you. Nigeria will be clean in two years.However, if I am not clean like your brother, Buhari, I will not be able to do it. But because I am as clean as the snow, you will take refuge in Saudi for safety.

  • Shawn

    We need other parties to rise to the occasion, we don’t need either of the two anymore. Many rogues are coming into the APC from PDP

  • JOHN

    For the fact, I do not belong to any political party and I don’t support any blindly. But the statement by APC is putrefying. The PDP actually don’t need to rebrand because the APC has been lying concerning PDP. The APC have proven to be party built on lies, deception, corruption and gross incompetence. It took APC less than six months to comatose our economy into recession and depression. The country has never been this divided as it is today based of the evil policies of Buhari. Lopsided appointments in favour of the north that offends federal character, robbing Peter to pay Paul, the mindless killings of innocent Nigerians by Fulani herdsmen and islamists with the security agencies looking on. APC reneged on over 90% of their election promises. APC has been a terrible disaster that every sane person will reject. The so call corrupt politicians of PDP are all now the APC backbone. By that APC is telling Nigerians that APC is a party populated by very corrupt Nigerians. APC government has inflicted the worst suffering on the greatest number of Nigerians by wrong policies, the worst in the history of Nigerians. The Financial Times of London declared last week that Buhari has not added any value to the Nigeria economy since he took over, the truth glaring to all Nigerians because of the destruction of everything noble and good by the APC government. Since Osinbajo returned from London, the spokesmen of Buhari have taken over to the extend that the sitting Ag President is not recognised in their press statement contrary to the constitution. Buhari can only be mentioned in public functions only after he has transmitted letter to the NA that he back on his desk otherwise the Ag President should be allowed to function in line with constitutional provisions. Buhari spokesmen should be in London to give Nigerians necessary information about Buhari ill health. APC should confess and repent.

  • Suleiman Alatise

    This is Nigeria, common sense will prevail after all brouhahas have died down, that I know for sure.

  • thusspokez

    Bolaji Abdullahi, the APC said the main opposition party should not think of power until it has rebranded to address its image problem arising from the association of most of its leaders with corruption.

    “association of most of its leaders with corruption”? Funny, many of these corrupt ex PDP members have since defected (and continue to defect) to the APC. Sherriff and his faction might just be the next batch of defectors to the APC.

  • emmanuel

    If the PDP has image to be rebranded, the APCdoes not have any. So they should just relinquish power. The PDP according to him has corrupt members, but all APC members are bare faced thieves.

  • Frank Bassey

    If any party/body should talk about PDP’s image, it definitely is not the Association of Pretentious Characters (APC). I rather vote for a corrupt leadership with brain, than a saint with empty skull. You can remedy the former by putting measures in place to checkmate him; the latter is irredeemable. And that is where we are now.

    • Dawood

      “You can remedy the former by putting measures in place to checkmark him” Chei, what an irredeemably dumb statement. In Nigerians minds, the Poverty Development Party (PDP), is synonymous with thieves, looters, criminals, thugs, liars, etc. Whoever put out the A PC retort is brilliant. PDP members are shameless thieves. Even Americans are coming after them. Ref: Deziani Baby, the queen of looting. The kitchen metaphor is hilarious: Nigerians don’t want PDP back because next time they’ll steal the whole damn kitchen!

      • JOHN

        All patriotic Nigerians want PDP back to Aso Rock quickly to rescue this APC destroyed economy. Remember the economy was growing at an average of 7% annually under PDP but APC has destroyed our economy through corruption and bad policies.

        • Dawood

          The only economy that was growing at 7% was the western banks’ economy. As a result of their shameless looting, the PDP thieves created more jobs in London and New York than in Nigeria. Kpomo mouth ikonji-iweala was lying through her teeth when she ran around saying that Nigeria’s economy was number one. It wasn’t.

        • dpfrank

          Story for the gods

      • Frank Bassey

        You still dodge the question: Where is the report on Babachir Lawal? If APC is a brilliant stuff, Nigeria is in trouble. I maintain that a corrupt leader with brain is far, far, far better than a saint with empty skull. That is where we are now — heading into the deep, blue sea by EMPTY skulls that are sick from head to toe. The Presidential Committee on arms was disbanded when it was time to probe Dambazua’s tenure. Those who loot to buy houses in Dubai claiming they acquired the properties with their salaries know the Judgement Day is coming. APC is full of thieves, robbers, looters, liars and ILLITERATES, ILLITERATES, ILLITERATES. On no account will an ILLITERATE rule this country again. Shameless Beings.

    • dpfrank

      All your efforts to rubbish APC is in futility

      • Frank Bassey

        APC has already rubbished itself. Compare your life before and during APC?

  • Border_Marksman

    So says Bolaji Abdullahi who was a PDP minister just three short years ago….

  • Olatubosun

    Pdp had gone forever…

  • Olatubosun

    Pdp is no where to be found

  • Olatubosun

    Pdp is being buried long time ago

  • Olatubosun

    Pdp destroyed our country, thank God that we have buhari that rebuild the pillar for us

  • dpfrank

    PDP is dead

  • Osiah Chinedu Ojukwu.

    If only everyone can be reasonable here, most Nigerians are intellectually not viable. I am not taking side but judging from the above statement credited to APC in this article “If PDP had fully implemented its manifesto in the 16 years that it was in power, Nigerians would not have been attracted to the APC promise of change in 2015, because there would have been little left to promise” and “That is exactly the problem with the PDP as it is currently constituted. There are only a few people left in that party whose faces do not represent the face of corruption” my question now is, who and who were those PDP members that led Nigeria for the said 16years? And where did those corrupt PDP members left to? I think until these unbias answers are giving to these questions we can not be said to telling ourselves the truth.