The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said the emergence of President Muhammadu Buhari as the sole presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has put the party on the verge of losing the 2019 general elections.
The PDP in a statement Thursday by its spokesperson, Kola Olognodiyan, said the ruling party is in jeopardy as the choice of Buhari has denied it a chance of fielding a good candidate for the election.
It alleged that Buhari’s desperation for power and fear to contest an elective presidential primary was responsible for his connivance with a few of the APC leaders to place s N45 m premium on the party’s presidential nomination fee to deny credible aspirants chance of contesting.
“Had President Buhari shed his desperation for power and allowed for internal democracy within the APC, particularly when it became clear that Nigerians across board have become averse to his re-election, due to his incompetence and insensitivity to the plight of the citizens, there would have been little hope for the APC.
“In muzzling contest in APC and gleefully emerging a sole candidate, President Buhari has merely won a pyrrhic victory; a General without a troop, with no capacity to face a general election, as the army of stakeholders and the masses that supported him in 2015 have since left him because of his unfulfilled promises and many failures in governance.
“Now that Mr. President has confirmed by his body language that he had no chance in a party he leads, how then can he stand a chance in the general elections where millions of Nigerians, who are suffering untold hardship because of his misrule are only waiting to deal him a blow with their votes?”, said the PDP.
According to the party, Buhari’s incompetence has been responsible for the abysmally low purchasing power of Nigerians, winding up of industries with attendant mass job losses, low foreign direct investments, erosion of confidence of international partners in doing business with Nigerians and lack of economic blueprint by the administration.