By Lateef Ibrahim, Abuja
The national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Prince Uche Secondus has harped on the need for the nation’s opposition parties to unite with a view to defeating the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2019 presidential election.
Secondus, at the opening of emergency National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the party, said former Presidents are in unionism to make sure that a fresh president and new government is formed in the interest of the people.
The National Chairman of the PDP, who likened the present administration to the pre-1999 era, said “We commend our elder statesmen and other patriotic Nigerians who have spoken up on the urgent need to rid the country of.
“All hands must be on Deck to achieve the great task of removing this APC government and replacing it with a government that will consider the hope and aspirations of Nigerians.
“Because of this challenge, we have taken it upon ourselves as the leading opposition party to broaden our scope, open our doors and allow ideas to flow in for a more robust democratic development.
“We therefore, invitee our brother, sister, youths and women from other political parties in this platform to join us to rescue our country that is in distress, socially, politically, economically and security wise.
“Our consultations have taken us to meet with various interest groups who are willing to do business with us and I can report to you that it has very fruitful.
“We expect in coming days to have a broader political family working dedicatedly to rescue this democracy and our beloved country from the hands of APC”, he said.
Continuing, the PDP National Chairman said, “We can’t do it alone we need everybody to join us. We have found ourselves like in q military government which we must wrestle to regain power for the interest of the country.
“We need broader conversation to open our minds. Let’s us not shut the door against anybody. He said the Ekiti is close-by.
“We don’t have time again on our hands we have to take these necessary steps between now and May. We have to join hands with our brothers to wrestle power from this government.
“All sectors must come together to rescue this nation from APC, that is what we owe this nation as a major opposition party. We cannot do it alone.
“I can tell you the international community is waiting. If we do it right funding won’t be a problem, the voters won’t be a problem. But we have to remain united and do it right. This is like a military government and we have to rescue our democracy,”
The chairman of the PDP BoT, Sen Walid Jibrin, in his remarks commended the party executives over its efforts to unite the party, adding that the emergence meeting is to wish themselves good omen and for them to remain as one party.
He said the party needs frankness, sincerity of purpose and must be ready to tell themselves the truth no matter how bitter it is.
He also added that they need unity stressing “we should never we allow the party to die, we must put all of our efforts to improve the party. “
He said despite all the difficulty the party remains one and it will so remain.
He prayed for God to help them win Ekiti State governorship election saying it will be a major plus for them going into 2019.
We hope that this meeting will bring us together with unity of purpose so that we will move forward.
The Deputy Senate President, Sen Ike Ekweremadu, who hailed the expansion programme of the party, said they need to win Ekiti to tell Nigerians that they are back to winning mode.
He assured the national chairman of the National Assemblies support in their efforts to expand the party.
He said “We need to win the 2019 presidential election. Whatever sacrifice needs to be made we need to make it. The essence of party is to win election and not to socialise. If we want to socialise we have family meetings. But PDP is set up to win elections.
“If you are a political party and you cant win election better go home and do something else with your life. Like you said we can’t do it alone.