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Buhari plans to be sole candidate in 2019 — PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party has alleged that President Muhammadu Buhari is planning to be the sole presidential candidate in the country during the 2019 elections.

PDP argued that this was the reason agents of the All Progressives Congress were bent on causing dissatisfaction among PDP members ahead of 2019.

The National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, who spoke with journalists in Abuja on Thursday, said those who opened an “illegal office” of the party at the Asokoro District of Abuja were being deceived.

The former ruling party however said such plot would fail, adding that its members would not be deceived by the ruling party.

The PDP declared that the plot by some of its members to form a parallel executive was being engineered by the APC.

A group, made up of about five members of the party, had, on Wednesday, ‘opened’ a new secretariat for the main party.

The five members are Obi Nwosu, Alhaji Hassan Adamu, Chief Olusola Akindele, Chief Godwin Duru and Franklyne Edede.

Ologbondiyan however alleged that the APC was coming to reality about its alleged unpopularity among Nigerians, adding that the majority of its members would defect to the PDP soon.

He said, “We will not allow the APC to distract us. APC has become very worried since we held our convention. As we speak, the constitution of the APC requires them to hold convention every two years but they have not done so.

“They are so unsettled that the PDP is progressing and progressing progressively. That is why they are using some people to cause confusion in our party but we have gone beyond that.

“What is more important now is that we are embarking on membership drive to win more members back to the PDP.

“President Buhari wants to be the sole candidate in 2019; that’s why they (APC) want to cause crisis in our party.

“We are going to stand as a party and we are going to fiercely contest elections in 2019. Our doors are open to Nigerians and anyone who is interested in contesting an election in 2019 can come in.

“I can assure you that majority of people still hanging around in the APC are coming back home, the PDP. APC is going to the next election as an empty party.”

He said the APC, having failed to scuttle the national convention of the former ruling party, had realised that the convention “marks a new beginning in our sure and steady step to rescue our dear nation and her people from the misrule of the APC.”

He said, “Recall that after our convention, the APC attempted to inject disagreements and rancour among our members, particularly in the South-West, but also failed.

“However, following certain concerns on the outcome of our convention, our conflict resolution mechanism began to address the issues that will engender continuous harmony in our fold.

“Consequently, the National Reconciliation Committee led by Governor of Bayelsa State, Mr. Seriake Dickson, met with critical stakeholders and leaders of our party in Abuja, Ibadan and Lagos, where very fruitful discussions were held on issues particularly relating to election into the office of the National Chairman were better resolved or collectively agreed upon.”

He said it was, however, strange, unacceptable and outside every known law and regulation that a group of individuals would come together and claim to have formed a splinter group of the PDP and even made attempt to use its colour, name and logo without authority.

He urged members of the party, who might feel strongly about the outcome of the convention, to explore the opportunities provided by the Dickson’s reconciliation committee in line with the constitution of our great party.

“Thereafter, any person, who for any selfish reason, resort to the ignoble part of attempting to create disaffection and disunity in our party, will be made to face the consequences of his or her actions as provided for in the constitution of our great party and extant laws of the land,” he warned.

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