Olisa Metuh, the national publicity secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has predicted doom for the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
In an interview granted to Thisday, Metuh spoke about the current state of the economy and the hopelessness in the polity. According to him, the lingering fuel crisis crippling economic activities in the country is a clear evidence that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has nothing to offer.
According to him, “The dust shielding all the lies and propaganda against PDP has now cleared. The citizens have come to realise that they were misled. Rising inflation, lack of palliative programmes, abandoned infrastructure around the country, insecurity, inability to provide basic amenities like fuel, increased unemployment, youth restiveness, lack of with foreign exchange for legitimate business transactions, decline in direct foreign investment, above all, the growing impunity of the APC government at all levels will spell doom for it in 2019.
“I can tell you that our party was a victim of calculated propaganda orchestrated by the then opposition, which the unsuspecting public bought. While we were being mindful and decent in running only an issues-based campaign that was predicated on facts and truth, the then opposition was busy pushing all sorts of falsehood into the polity.
“To tell you the truth, I do not see the APC as a political party. It is merely a vehicle through which some individuals rode to acquire power by means of propaganda. That is why it does not have an ideology or clear-cut manifesto. All it had was a sort of bandwagon change mantra and unrealistic list of promises which the people have now realise are a hoax.”
“The APC has since lost its bandwagon followership and cannot face the challenge of governance. On the other hand, the PDP has regained the confidence of Nigerians and is ready to ride back to power. So in 2019, it is not only that the PDP will overwhelmingly beat the APC in the presidential election, but we would also regain all the states and constituencies we lost to the APC”, he said.
Speaking on why the PDP lost the last general elections, he said: “As the spokesperson of the PDP, I would say that there were certain mistakes that were made from which lessons have been learnt. As a party that endeared democratic principles for 16 years, we accepted the results of the elections in good faith. As far as we were concerned, Nigerians spoke with regard to how they saw things at that material time and we have moved on.”
He also spoke about plans by the PDP to retake power in 2019.
“After the elections, we took time to do some stocktaking. We reviewed our activities through the post elections committee headed by the deputy Senate president, Senator Ike Ekweremadu.
“This committee made important findings and recommendations and we have started the implementation of those recommendations. I have no doubt that our party will bounce back stronger and better because we still remain the only true national party, committed to the national interest and overall wellbeing of the Nigerian people, irrespective of our imperfections”, the opposition spokesperson added.
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