- The APC said it is not bothered by the appointment of Bukola Saraki by the PDP ahead of the Kogi governorship election
- The opposition party had said the former Senate president would lead its reconciliation committee
- The ruling party expressed confidence in winning the coming governorship election
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has said that former Senate president, Bukola Saraki, does not have any influence to pull the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from the brink of defeat in Kogi state.
The two parties are set to battle it out in the state governorship election scheduled for November 16.
Prince Uche Secondus who is the national chairman of the PDP announced that Saraki was made chairman of a five-man reconciliation committee saddled with the responsibility of reuniting warring members of the party in Kogi state.
Vanguard reports that Dr Tom Ohikere who is the secretary of the media and publicity committee of the APC campaign council in the coming gubernatorial election described Saraki’s task as impossible.
He said: “What does Bukola Saraki know of Kogi politics, he never established any warm relationship with our people, even the state chapter of the PDP even when he was Senate president. What did the state chapter of the PDP benefit from him?
“Now all of a sudden they want the PDP in Kogi state to defer to him. A PDP that is desperately struggling to find its bearing amid a surge of defections and altercations.
“They seem lost. We know their defeat in the 2015 election is still reverberating in their affairs. They are short of notable and strong political personalities that can steer the party. If not how would they bring a man fastly dissipating into political obscurity to come and head their reconciliation just a month to election proper.”
He said the PDP knows they have no chance in Kogi state and are only putting up a front.
“The PDP in Kogi state as you can see has no bearing oscillating between Atiku Abubakar and Bukola Saraki, two politicians that have been humbled by the 2019 election and are fighting desperately to maintain their self-respect.
“So I don’t think it will bring about any change in the political and electoral balance in Kogi state. Kogi State is APC and will remain so as long as we continue to pursue the general interest of our people. For now we are keeping to and delivering on our mandate, so there is no vacancy in Lugard house.”
Meanwhile, the ruling APC hit the PDP for allegedly failing to perform its duties as an opposition party.
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Malam Lanre Issa-Onilu, APC’s national publicity secretary, said Nigeria is turning to a one-party state because the PDP has failed to play a vibrant role which is needed to deepen the country’s democracy.
Issa-Onilu said the PDP has become ineffective just as he added that the ruling APC recognised and welcomed intelligent critique of its policies.
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