PDP’s loss of Presidency in the 2015 election was a blessing in disguise – Dr. Iyorchia Ayu

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PDP's loss of Presidency in the 2015 election was a blessing in disguise - Dr. Iyorchia Ayu

PDP’s loss of Presidency in the 2015 election was a blessing in disguise – Dr. Iyorchia Ayu.

The National Chairman-elect of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr Iyorchia Ayu, has said that the party’s loss of the Presidency in the 2015 election was a blessing in disguise. 

Ayu stated that the emergence of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the seat of power in the last six years has left no one in doubt that Nigeria was far better under the administration of the PDP. 

According to him, the PDP might have plunged Nigeria into a dictatorship or become complacent if the party had remained in government till now.

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PDP's loss of Presidency in the 2015 election was a blessing in disguise - Dr. Iyorchia Ayu

Speaking with newsmen in Abuja at the weekend, Ayu said the PDP under his watch will reposition and re-energise the party to take back power from APC in 2023. 

He said: “My priority is for the party to take power. Political parties’ priority is always to win. Therefore, I reviewed the reasons why we lost power in 2015 and [I’m] going to work to unite the party, to sharpen the programs of the party, market the party to the Nigerian electorate in a way that they will be prepared to vote for us.

PDP's loss of Presidency in the 2015 election was a blessing in disguise - Dr. Iyorchia Ayu

“In a democracy, it’s normal for a political party to lose power. If we didn’t lose power, maybe we would have become a dictatorship or become complacent. To believe in democracy…there must have been something we were doing wrong or must have done wrong that the Nigerian electorate shifted. 

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“But today, if we didn’t lose power, they won’t experience the policies and programs of the other party. They would think there is something better than us. Thank God we lost power. Today, Nigerian people know better.

“And I believe we will re-energize the party and take over power again, not only at the centre, but in Nigeria, there is a lot of attention taking power at the federal level. There was time PDP was controlling about 20 states. 

PDP's loss of Presidency in the 2015 election was a blessing in disguise - Dr. Iyorchia Ayu

“That has been reduced to 13. We hope and pray and we will work very hard to increase that number from 13 to control over 20 states, possibly, we will win the federal government. So, that is really my vision for this party. We will unite the party as I have said and I believe that very soon, we will have a very united, very focused political party.”

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Ayu disclosed that the decision by the PDP to delay the zoning of its presidential ticket was a tactical move, saying that the decision would be made democratically at the appropriate time. “We are a very democratic party. 

“We don’t have problems in resolving our problems within the party. Everybody thought the zoning of party offices will destroy the party. I think Nigerians were pleasantly surprised that we resolved it without any controversy whatsoever. 

“So, those who are visiting controversies on the party are not getting it right. 

“I believe that when the time comes, because today, we have separated the zoning of party offices and zoning of the executive and legislative offices and it’s very tactical,” he said.

I Have Hand In Removal Of Uche Secondus As PDP Chairman – Gov Wike

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has admitted his involvement in the removal of the embattled former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Prince Uche Secondus.

Recall that following an internal crisis that recently rocked the PDP, stakeholders of the party called for the removal of Secondus as National Chairman of the party.

Daily Post reports that a Rivers State High Court on August 24 granted an interim order, restraining Secondus from parading himself as the National Chairman of the PDP.

The move eventually led to the recently concluded National Convention of the Party which saw the emergence of former Senate President, Dr Iyorchia Ayu as the new National Chairman of PDP.

In an interview with BBC pidgin, Governor Wike stated that his move to ensure the removal of Secondus followed his inability to tackle the crisis that rocked the PDP.

According to Governor Wike, “I have never denied being involved in the removal of Secondus, he was not doing well so his ward first suspended him and I am glad they did that.

“I am not the type of governors that deny their actions. I know I have hand in his removal and I’m not afraid to say it.

“I did that because if we allow him to continue as PDP chairman, the party will die.”



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