The National Chairman of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, Alhaji Adamu Mua’zu, has appealed to members of the party not to be discouraged with the outcome of the presidential election which the party lost to the All Progressives Congress.He said next week’s governorship election will certainly provide the party a soft-landing after conceding the Presidency to the All Progressives Congress on March 28, 2015.
He asked them to pick up “the pieces and ensure that we return quickly to our old winning ways,” adding that there should be no room for voter apathy, which he said was a major factor that made the PDP lost the presidential election.
He said, “While our opponents were savouring their famous victory, we should out flank them and corner at least two thirds of the states of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“This is not an impossible target if we return to our elements with immediate effect. We have done it before and we can do it again. Nothing will be sweeter than PDP taking Lagos, our own Rivers State and Imo.
“Our candidates in these states are first class materials who have fully penetrated the political structures of those states and are set to win.
“Our target in this remaining election should be to retain our present states and then sink our teeth into the heart of our political opponents and show that their presidential victory is nothing more than a one-off that won’t be repeated in a long while.”
He said he had reminded the party’s governorship candidates that “one thing that won’t happen in this race is the so-called bandwagon effect. The reason is simple. Our party is used to bouncing back whenever we experience a setback.”
The former Governor of Bauchi State added that the PDP in the past 16 years of democracy has maintained fair play consistently, which he said the APC admitted in its response to President Jonathan’s speech conceding to President-elect, General Muhammdu Buhari.