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Presidency PDP takeover in 2019, wishful thinking –APC

From Romanus Ugwu, Abuja

All Progressives Congress (APC) has described the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)’s plan to take over the presidency in 2019 as wishful thinking.

New PDP Chairman, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff said in Umuahia, Abia State on Wednesday that the PDP, which lost power in 2015 after 16 years, will regain control of power at the centre in 2019, Sheriff added that the PDP would soon come out with its “masterplan” to regain power.

Reacting to the report in the press release signed by the party’s National Secretary, Mai Mala Buni, APC said Nigerians seriously hope the touted “masterplan” includes how the PDP and its cronies will return public funds stolen under the PDP’s watch for 16 years.

“Nigerians are aware that the current economic hardship and institutional rot was caused by the PDP’s 16-year misrule and pillage. President Muhammadu Buhari has been working assiduously to correct the PDP’s years of damage and bring about people-centric governance. It is baffling how the PDP expects Nigerians to abandon APC’s smooth sailing ship for a sinking and rudderless PDP ship come 2019.

“The 2015 elections have been won and lost. The priority of the present APC administration is to deliver on election promises made by the party to Nigerians who long desired change of political leadership at the federal level and in many states.

“Happily, Nigerians can look back, with relief and attest that since the APC-led administration took over governance, Nigeria is back on the right track – economically and security-wise – and has taken its right of place among the comity of progressive nations

“The widely-acclaimed job creation, social welfare and inclusion programmes proposed by the President Muhammadu Buhari administration has been well received. The full implementation of the Treasury Single Account (TSA) by the present administration has greatly plugged revenue leakages.

“Nigeria is winning the war against insurgency. In spite of desperate attempts to discredit ongoing anti-corruption efforts, the war against graft is being won,” APC noted.