Dayo Adeyeye, spokesperson of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has described the All Progressives Congress (APC) as a group of desperados who united to seize power.
According to Adeyeye, the APC has not made any significant impact on the society on which it could base its 2019 campaign.
The national public secretary of the PDP said this in an interview with The Sun.
“What legacy would Lai Mohammed say that APC has bequeathed to Nigerians since 2015,” Adeyeye asked.
“What will the APC use to campaign? Will they say that they have improved the economy? Will they say they have stabilised the polity, when there are now centrifugal forces pulling the polity apart?
“We are confident because the APC is not a political party. It is just an amalgam of very desperate people. What I will call an amalgam of desperadoes whose sole purpose was just to push the PDP out of power.
“Now that they have achieved that, we have seen that they have no plans for Nigerians.
“Nigeria was the number one investment destination in Africa. Today, we are not even among the first 20. Youth unemployment has sky-rocked. The economy is in a parlous state.
“Look, at the time we left government, the exchange rate was N170 to one dollar. Today, the exchange rate has increased because of incoherent policies.
“Since they assumed power, they have been borrowing money without caution. And they have increased the debt profile of Nigeria so much so that they have said they are going to put a break to borrowing.
“The question we are going to ask Nigerians in 2019 is whether they are better off now, than they were in 2015. That is just the simple question.”
Speaking on the supreme court’s ruling of Ahmed Makarfi as the bonafide national chairman of the PDP, Adeyeye said the end of the party’s crisis marks the beginning of APC’s.
He further said the PDP was ready to face the APC, adding that those who defected from PDP are remorseful and wish to retrace their steps.
“We are ready! We are ready!! We were in power for 16 years. Then we had this setback in 2015 and this prolonged party crisis,” Adeyeye said.
“With the crisis behind us, we are ready any day, any time to face the APC.
“I want to tell you that with the problem of the PDP coming to an end, that of the APC is just starting. It is inevitable.
“They know that once PDP solves its problem, they will have their own problems because they are not a party. Those who left PDP and joined them are beginning to regret their actions and they want to come back. That is the truth. You can quote me.
“Even though they came together to fight the election of 2015, they didn’t have a common ideology. They don’t have a common set of values and ideals.
“So, they are not a party. That is why it has been impossible for them to fuse together. Each of the groups is still on its own – ACN, ANPP, CPC, New PDP. They are still in their various groups. They are not able to fuse into one united party. That is very clear.
“So, because of that, many of them are going to retrace their steps back to PDP because they know there is nothing they are going to use to campaign in 2019.”