2019: It is risky voting PDP into power again - APC chieftain

2019: It is risky voting PDP into power again - APC chieftain

- A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress has expressed confidence that Nigerians will not return the Peoples Democratic Party into power

- The chieftain, Joel Soyinka, says despite APC's imperfection, Nigerians are not ready to take the risk of returning PDP into power

- Soyinka says it is too much of a risk to vote PDP into power again after its `dismal performance’, adding that Nigerians are not ready to take that risk

A lawyer and a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Joel Soyinka, has said that in spite of the imperfections of the ruling party, Nigerians are not ready to take a risk to return the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) into power.

Soyinka told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abeokuta, the Ogun capital, that the party remained to be beaten in the forthcoming general elections.

Legit.ng notes that the APC chieftain said: “It is too much of a risk to vote PDP into power again after its `dismal performance’ and Nigerians are not ready to take that risk."

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Recall that the PDP ruled for 16 years since the advent of democratic rule in 1999, producing three presidents in quick succession unbroken in five general elections.

President Muhammadu Buhari’s All Progressives Congress (a coalition of parties) took over the reins in 2015 after it defeated PDP’s Dr Goodluck Jonathan.

Soyinka, acknowledging the PDP as a major opposition party to APC, said returning APC to power would help to consolidate on its achievements with just four years in the saddle.

He said: “That will give APC an edge with just four years in office compared to PDP’s 16 years. The 16 years of PDP are not good enough. Nigerians should look back and give it back to APC.

“The party faced a lot of challenges in the last four years; we need to put things right and that consideration will swing victory in favour of APC.’’

On Ogun governorship poll, Soyinka predicted that it would be a straight fight between only two parties — APC and PDP — and described the two other parties in the race — African Democratic Congress (ADC) and the Allied People’s Movement (APM) as “relatively new’’.

“Again, the people will still go for the known parties — PDP and APC –but PDP is factionalised in the state. I think the coast is clear for APC. Both ADC and APM have reputable candidates but they are not known."

Ogun state governor, Ibikunle Amosun of APC, following disputed party primaries in 2018, announced the defection of his supporters, including the governorship candidate, Rep Adekunle Akinlade, to APM after they lost out.

Both were received by President Buhari at Aso Rock Villa on January 6 with a promise by Amosun to work for him and not APC candidate, Dapo Abiodun, at the polls.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the minister of transportation, Rotimi Amaech, on Thursday, January 10, declared that President Muhammadu Buhari would win the 2019 presidential election with much more margin than it was in 2015.

Amaechi said: “We will do better in 2019. A part of the 2015 election was rigged by PDP. But this time we are closing all rigging against even ourselves.

''If you speak to the president, one of the things he says is that he wants to bequeath to Nigerians the ability to choose their leaders and be held accountable for the weakness and strength of those leaders."

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