The National Chairman of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, has stated that the party is confident of victory in the 2019 general elections as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is not a viable option for Nigerian voters.
Backstory: The chairman made the boast while speaking with State House correspondents on Thursday after a meeting with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa, in Abuja.
Oshiomhole explained that the confidence the party has ahead of the elections stems from the fact that they had observed that Nigerians are not interested in taking the PDP back due to their past transgressions.
“We are certain that even as we cannot talk of any perfect situation, nothing can make Nigerians get so confused as to think that those who were at the heart of that mismanagement can be entrusted with providing leadership for tomorrow,” he said.
Recalling that the PDP had wanted to be in power for 60 years, but could barely go the distance with just 16 under its belt due to the 2015 elections that saw APC’s Muhammadu Buhari take the reins, Oshiomhole also stated that never had he heard of an employer recall an incompetent employee back into office.
“I don’t think that is the question at all. PDP is out of this calculation as far as I am concerned. PDP is just not an option particularly when their candidate is not a new face.”
This statement was made in reference to PDP’s presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar who had served as Vice President under former President Olusegun Obasanjo for two terms from 1999 – 2007.
“You can give the benefit of the doubt to a stranger, not to someone who was at the heart; perhaps one of the most powerful Vice Presidents we’ve ever had. So, I am clear that Nigerians will not have any basis to give PDP the benefit of the doubt,” he said.
Furthermore, Oshiomhole recalled an apology made by PDP’s National Chairman, Uche Secondus, which he said wasn’t a succinct explainer for the misconduct and abuse of office Nigerians had experienced under the party.
He also noted that Nigerians had not accepted the apology as he was yet to see anyone acknowledge or settle with the statement made by the opposition party.
“The best Secondus had to say was that he was apologizing to Nigerian people and I have not heard anybody say they have accepted the apology. People who have robbed you, they don’t apologize and say allow me back into your store room, you don’t do that.”
Campaign Kick Off: Oshiomhole also shed some light on how the party was feeling ahead of its first campaign rally scheduled to hold in the Alwa Ibom state capital of Uyo on Friday.
“We are all in a good mood”, he said.