The All Progressives Congress (APC) on Saturday said the newly-inaugurated leadership of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has shown early signs that it is not different from its immediate past and sacked leadership.
Sen. James Akpanudoedehe, National Secretary, APC Caretaker and Extra-Ordinary Convention Planning Committee, in a statement he issued on Saturday stated that the semblance could be seen in the utterances and the direction of the new PDP leadership, which according to him does not portray hope of a refocused opposition party.
According to him, PDP’s sole intent was power-grabbing by any means, ignoring the need for genuine restitution.
He added that the PDP’s new leadership must prove to Nigerians that it was willing and ready to discard its penchant for impunity.
This, he said, it should do by submitting to the new democratic environment entrenched by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led APC government where votes counted in all electoral contests.
Akpanudoedehe said this was the task before the Sen. Iyorchia Ayu-led PDP, and not empty and tired rhetoric of 2023 handover notes.
“The sit-tight syndrome headlined by the PDP’s ill-fated third-term agenda has been discarded as an undemocratic template.
“President Buhari has assured Nigerians and the international community of free and fair elections in 2023, even as he pledged peaceful transfer of power.
“That is the stuff of true progressives and statesmanship,’’ NAN quoted him as saying.