By Kote Obe, Port Harcourt
The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Iyorchia Ayu, has declared that the party is now consolidated enough to win the 2023 presidential election.
Ayu, who made the declaration at the ongoing meeting of PDP Governors’ Forum in Port Harcourt, therefore urged Nigerians to keep faith with the party to make that change that was needed to put Nigeria back on the path of progress.
He said the All Progressive Congress (APC) led Federal Government, which has pulled the country backwards economically has to be changed.
The PDP national chairman emphasised that the APC leadership has failed to harness the diverse rich potential of Nigerians into economic fortunes that should strengthen the bond of brotherhood and promote peaceful coexistence.
“Unfortunately, a very poor leadership has presented Nigeria at home and abroad as an extremely divided country.
“We must change this narrative and the only way to change this narrative and harness not just the culture, but the environment and the richness therein, is to back the Peoples Democratic Party which is determined to produce a new leadership for this country,” he said.
The PDP national chairman stated that a PDP government will change the negative characteristics associated with the APC that have been used to divide among Nigerians in the country.
“The PDP will definitely produce the next president and take the country back to the days when we were in power, when we cleared all foreign debts, when we were developing this country at reasonable speed.
“When we became the richest country on the African continent. But today we are the poverty capital of the world. All that will change.”
Governor Wike said the meetings of PDP governors have always been used to discuss the economy, politics, and others issues that bother on how to create a Nigerian society that is working for everybody.
“It has been ritual for PDP governors to gather and meet and discuss about the welfare of the party. And this has been rotating from one state to the other.”
The Chairman of PDP Governors Forum and Governor of Sokoto, Alhaji Aminu Waziri Tambuwal said the PDP governors and other party leaders are already working in synergy towards rebuilding the party.
He said the focus is to rescue Nigeria, which will also require all Nigerians of goodwill to join forces with the PDP to achieve that goal.
“All Nigerians of goodwill who believe in this country, who believe Nigeria is going the wrong direction, ought to join us.
“And like I always say, there are two divides in Nigeria today. Those who are happy with the confusion because they are benefiting from what is happening at the centre, and those of us who are truly patriotic enough to disagree with the way our country is being governed and being run.”
“I appeal and beseech every Nigerian, even those in APC that are patriotic enough to join hands with us as we continue to march towards rescuing Nigeria together.
“I believe it is our responsibility to do so, not for ourselves but for our younger ones and generation unborn.”
Governors present at the function were, Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia), Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri (Adamawa), Udom Emmanuel (Akwa Ibom), Mohammed Bala (Bauchi), Samuel Ortom (Benue), Seyi Makinde (Oyo), Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu).
Also in attendance were the Deputy Governors of Rivers and Zamfara, Dr Ipalibo Harry-Banigo and Mahdi Aliyu Mohammed Gusau; PDP national secretary, Senator Sam Anyanwu and several others.