2023 Presidency: PDP, APC throw verbal punches

Atiku, Tambuwal, Saraki, any other candidate no threat to us –Sen. Abba Ali, Deputy Chairman, APC National Caretaker Committee

• You’re just jittery ahead of your defeat –Sen. Tsauri, PDP National Secretary
By Andy Asemota
The ruling party, All Progressives Congress (APC), says it is not losing any sleep over the array of aspirants gearing up to contest the 2023 presidential election on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party.

The APC noted that with the likes of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, Governors of Sokoto, Aminu Tambuwal, and former Kwara State Governor, Bukola Saraki, rumoured to be in the race for the opposition party, it had no cause to worry over the outcome of the presidential poll.

The Deputy Chairman of APC National Caretaker Committee and Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee, Sen. Abba Ali, made this known in an exclusive interview with ThisNigeria.

The former lawmaker’s remarks came as the PDP through its National Secretary Sen. Umar Ibrahim Tsauri, said the leading party was only being jittery over the likely outcome of the poll.

But Ali, in a telephone interview with our correspondent, noted that with the over 42 million new registered APC members, the party was as good as winning the election.

The new members, Sen Ali, who is the Northwest representative in the APC committee said, far out-numbered the 29 million voters that participated in the 2019 general elections.

The APC chieftain said, “We are not worried at all. Be it Atiku and the governors of Bauchi or Sokoto states or any other person that emerges as the presidential aspirants so long as they are in PDP. Now, it’s clear that so many people are defecting to APC and the PDP is in a shambles as it is facing so many disagreements. You are aware of what is happening in the PDP at the moment.

“Let me tell you, before we closed the last membership revalidation and registration, we recorded a lot of success in the exercise. We registered more than 42 million members across the country which is a clear indication that people are moving to the APC and PDP is losing.

“Every single person we registered came willingly, giving us their details, including their PVC, telephone and NIN numbers and photographs. This enthusiasm shows that they were really interested members of the public who wanted to join APC. So, it is very, very encouraging to the extent that we don’t fear anybody from any political party in 2023”.

Meanwhile, the PDP scribe, while dismissing the APC claim, said the ruling party was only being jittery.

The APC, Tsauri added, was only in a panicky mood because, according to him, the taste of the pudding is in the eating.

Tsauri, who spoke to our correspondent in Abuja, said the over 42 million members reportedly registered by the APC should not be an issue.

The PDP scribe added, “They are just jittery. They are only in a panicky mood. This should not be so. Even if they registered 100 million, it’s just a figure”.

In a related development, the PDP has expressed confidence that the party will win 2023 presidency.

Its Acting National Chairman, Elder Yemi Akinwonmi, and other party chieftains made their position known on the 2023 presidency at the start of the 92nd meeting of the National Executive Committee (NEC) held in Abuja over the weekend.

Considering the social upheavals, especially with regard to insecurity and unemployment in the country, Akinwonmi said the APC would not return to power in the next dispensation.

The nation’s military institutions under the current administration, he added, were not even spared from the hands of bandits.

He noted, “Let me say clearly that Nigerians are looking onto PDP to salvage this country from mis-governance and backwardness that the APC-led federal government has plunged the country into.

“The level of unemployment is ever rising unimaginably while the value of the naira is now at its lowest ebb. Of course, the naira is the worst of currencies in West Africa sub region today. We have never had it so bad.”

On his part, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar said, “Nigeria should no longer be in doubt of our patriotism and sense of commitment to get this country moving again. We have been taking aback by APC government and we have shown to Nigerians that when we are trusted again, we will do much better than we have done before. I can assure Nigerians that they can look forward to the next PDP administration in the making.”

Similarly, the Chairman of the PDP Governors Forum and Governor of Sokoto, Aminu Tambuwal declared, “We shall continue to remain together and hold together because we are the hope of Nigeria. Nigerians are looking forward to PDP and we cannot afford to fail them. The challenges are quite many and it is important for us to continue to work together as a family.

“We are going to a warfare and as military strategists will tell you, you must go into warfare united… God willing, PDP will take over Nigeria. We must not lose focus; with our eyes on the ball, we shall by God’s grace score the goal.”

Senate Minority Leader, Senate Eyinnaya Abaribe, who lauded the commitment of the BoT, NWC and NEC of the PDP to ensure that there were no cracks in the party after its recent internal challenges, said, “Nigerians are tired of that party that doesn’t even have a BoT not to talk of any other other political party. PDP is coming. Nigerians wait for PDP and in 2023 give us your votes and we will deliver you to where we came from because it was the leverage that was given to APC that the party has exploited to tell lies”.

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