The Peoples Democratic Party has attributed the defections to and the return of very influential Nigerians from the opposition to the PDP to the sterling leadership qualities of its new National Chairman, Alhaji Ahmed Adamu Mu’azu.
The party said this was also an eloquent expression of the confidence Nigerians reposed in the PDP as the only sure vehicle for the sustenance of democracy.
A statement by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, said the in-built capacity for self recovery, a founding factor of resilience, which clearly separates the PDP from other political parties in Nigeria, has been successfully honed and tapped into by an astute leadership, leading to the current roaring of a once challenged political behemoth.
Metuh said in the statement on Tuesday: “The opposition who neglected this and who out of shock has been explaining this new development in the negative, is clearly reacting to save a thoroughly bruised ego and instinct, where a premature celebration of imaginary victory of the APC has been cut short.
“Nigerians will recall that while being sworn-in, Alhaji Muazu pledged his determined effort and total commitment to breaking all barriers to peace and cohesion so as to halt the dwindling fortunes of the PDP. He has pursued this with vigor, sincerity and open heart and the result is manifest.”
The statement further said the PDP was not surprised the membership registration of the All Progressives Congress fell far below the mouthful claims and media hype with which the exercise was orchestrated.
It said Nigerians refused to be trapped, adding it was a sign post to the bitter fate awaiting the party in the 2015 general election.
The statement added: “The fact is that Nigerians realized early enough that the APC is a rudderless ship captained by political rabble rousers, in a mal-voyage for the Bermuda.
“They have realized that the APC is an inoperable coalition of strange bed fellows whose buoyant pedigree in tribalism and bigotry will navigate the unity and the oneness of our people to the rocks.”
Stating that the APC is now faced with the reality of its hollowness, the ruling party said the opposition party displayed political immaturity in handling its fantasized majority in the National Assembly and the presumed control of Sokoto, Kano, Nasarawa, Kwara and Imo States, where the people have now rejected them.
It therefore urged all Nigerians who were either deceived or forced into the APC, to ignore the blackmail by its leadership, feel free to exercise their fundamental rights and liberate themselves.
Positing that its membership strength will continue to soar, the PDP assured Nigerians that its doors were still open to all those willing to join the fold of “the only party committed to the interest of the people, providing equal opportunities for all Nigerians to pursue and realize their political aspirations.”