Following it loss to the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the March 28 presidential poll, Nigeria’s new opposition, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, on Wednesday vowed to regain power in 2019.
The members of the National Working Committee and state chairmen of the party have resolved to work together to unseat the President-Elect in the next elections.
They made this pronouncement during a meeting in Abuja on Wednesday.
The NWC members led by the National Chairman of the party, Adamu Mua’zu, and the state chairmen agreed to adopt strategies towards winning the elections in 2019.
The PDP’s resolve was contained in a joint statement issued at the end of the meeting by the Vice-Chairman of the party in the North-West, Ibrahim Kazaure, and the Benue State Chairman, Emmanuel Agbo.
The statement read in part, “The meeting resolves to give all necessary support to the national leadership of the party under the chairmanship of Adamu Mu’azu to enable them to re-engineer and rebrand the party for the task of regaining power by 2019.
“The meeting notes the outcome of the 2015 general elections and accordingly resolves not to allow the temporary setback affect the party’s contributions to the democratic development of the country.
“The meeting notes and appreciates the patriotic stand taken by President Goodluck Jonathan after the elections as another milestone in the party’s contributions to peace, stability and progress of the nation.”
The statement said that the meeting also decried what it called the “widespread anomalies and irregularities” that it said characterised the general elections in many states to the disadvantage of the PDP.
It added that the party had resolved “to give full backing to the various pursuits of redress in this regard within the ambit of the law and tenets of democracy.”
The meeting therefore directed all its candidates who believed that they were short-changed to channel their grievances through their state chairmen.
It also agreed to resist “undue harassment, witch-hunt and any form of intimidation or undemocratic tendencies from the opposition aimed at bringing down members of the PDP psychologically.”
It claimed that it had noted the subterranean moves by the APC to undermine the structures of the PDP across the country with the sinister motive of imposing a one-party state on the polity.
The meeting cautioned Buhari against any action or inaction that could threaten or erode the gains of democracy and personal freedom that had been established in the last 16 years by the PDP.
It added that the NWC members and the state chairmen resolved to galvanise the structures of the PDP and give full support to the party’s candidates for the supplementary governorship elections in Abia, Taraba and Imo states.
According to the statement, the meeting also charged the Independent National Electoral Commission and other stakeholders involved in the supplementary elections to be forthright, transparent and ensure that the will of the people in the three states were not in any way subverted.
The meeting resolved to set up special committees on the repositioning of the party.