The ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday described the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress
(APC), Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, as a perennial presidential candidate, adding that he will lose to the PDP in 2015 under President Goodluck Jonathan, like in the three previous
Buhari had run for president under the defunct All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) in 2003 and 2007 and the defunct Congress for Progressives Change (CPC) in 2011.
While appreciating members of the Foreign Chapters of PDP for their contributions at the recent national convention of the party, the national secretary of PDP, Prof Adewale Oladipo said, “The APC had again presented its perennial candidate in person of General Buhari; he lost elections to PDP thrice in the
past; we will beat him again”.
Oladipo who addressed the party members during an interactive session at the party’s national secretariat added, “The coming election will be different; it is going to be a straight fight between a PhD holder and a semi-illiterate jackboot; Nigerians will see the differences; PDP will beat APC hands down; APC has nothing to offer the nation; it is not an alternative to our party; we mean well for the country.”
He said PDP had already set up a Presidential Campaign Council to be headed by the party’s national chairman, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu. The director general of the council is a former national chairman of the party, Sen Ahmadu Ali.
He said, “All our foreign chapters will be involved in the issue-based campaign to counter all the lies of the APC; APC will be
busy propagating negative things about the country and be ignoring all the positive things the PDP-led federal government has been doing”.
On the E-Campaign proposal by the foreign chapters to boost the party’s campaign, Prof Oladipo promised that the idea would be included in its programme, pointing out that the APC again would try to copy it but efforts would be made to stop it.
He further said there was no cause for alarm on the crisis rocking the party over the recent primaries.
Oladipo denied insinuations of mass defection from the party, adding that while some members defected to the APC, they also
gained members in PDP.
Speaking on the confusion over candidates in Ogun and Anambra states, he said the party will beat the deadline for submission of candidates to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for Ogun, while names of candidates have been submitted to INEC in the case of Anambra State.
He assured that the party would meet the December 26, 2014 deadline of INEC for the submission of the candidates’ list for the general elections.