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PDP’s Rescue mission for Nigeria: Another desperate Attempt By The Opposition to Gain Power?

In a recent report by the Vanguard Newspaper, the PDP senator representing Ekiti south; Senator Biodun Olujimi declared that the country needed to be rescued from the ruling All Progressive Congress, APC. In a very similar tone, the National chairman of the People's Democratic Party PDP, Prince Uche Secondus also declared according to the Vanguard report that the party will “reclaim and reposition Nigeria”.

Senator Biodun Olujimi

According to Secondus, “PDP is the party of the future. We are going to reclaim and reposition Nigeria, we have the experience and we are determined to restructure the country and hand it over to the youths”. What is most noticeable in the PDP national chairman’s statements, is the promise of restoring the freedom of Nigerians and also handing over of the mantle of leadership to the youths. Recall in the past couple of weeks, Nigerians had experienced the ban on twitter which many have called an infringement on the right of Nigerians; basically their right to freedom of expression. However, are all these promises by the opposition PDP genuine or just another platform to gain the support of the masses amidst the looming 2023 general election? This is the question many have asked even as the party seeks to upstage APC in the forthcoming presidential poll.

PDP National chairman, Uche Secondus

To some persons, Secondus’ words bring to mind the build up to the 2015 general elections, when PDP was still in power and APC sought to upstage them. Many promises which are yet to be fulfilled were purportedly made and it is very unlikely, some of these will ever be fulfilled. The questions that come to mind of many however amidst these issues border on PDP’s resolve and genuine manifesto, since they were unable to restructure Nigeria or give power to the youths in their first period in power. What has changed? Has PDP showed genuine attempt to solve Nigeria’s problems since losing power in 2015?


Nigeria experienced a lot of security and corruption challenges just before the 2015 presidential election which was eventually won by the APC. In a very strategic move, the APC campaign theme centered on these issues of security, corruption and making Nigeria better. However, in some persons’ view, these problems have worsened under the Buhari led government. Recently, the issues of restructuring, youth empowerment and freedom of speech have continued to dominate the national political discuss and it is almost not surprising, seeing PDP gravitating towards these issues in their promises.

Hence, many have seen this approach as a repetition of the 2015 APC strategy especially, when the likes of Atiku and Saraki appears to be in the forefront of candidates to run for PDP’s presidential candidacy ticket. Apparently, PDP appears to be dwelling more on promises like APC in 2015, instead of visible steps and enactments in their manifesto or party constitution. How will PDP guaranty a youth led leadership or restructure Nigeria when it failed to do so before 2015? Until the party is able to answer many of these questions satisfactorily with concrete proofs, many may continue to doubt their resolve and genuine mission to solve the myriads of problems currently bedeviling the nation at large.

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