PDP Accuses APC of Hawking 2023 Presidency


The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the presidency of insincerity by promising both the South-east and South-west 2023 presidency in exchange for votes in 2019, dismissing it as a desperate bid to hang on to power.

The main opposition party also rejected the possible extension of the tenure of the Inspector General of Police (IG), Mr. Ibrahim Idris, who is due for retirement on January 3, 2019, having served the Nigeria Police for 35 years.

In a statement yesterday by one of its campaign spokespersons, Prince Kassim Afegbua, the main opposition party wondered how the president could be promising South-east the presidency when his vice president is also promising the South-west the same position in 2023.

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According to Afegbua, “In its desperation to hang on to power despite its abysmal failure so far, the APC and the presidency have resorted to trading with the lure of 2023 presidency, promising both the South-east and South-west the 2023 presidency in exchange for votes.”

Afegbua added, “This has exposed the insincerity and dubious intention of the Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government with his empty promise of bequeathing the presidency to the people of the South-east and South-west geopolitical zones in 2023.”

He noted that this is why Nigerians cannot take the APC and the Buhari presidency serious any longer as the country prepares for the 2019 election.

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Afegbua noted that the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr. Boss Mustapha, had told the APC campaign in Owerri, Imo State, while speaking on behalf of Buhari that the president would hand over the reins of power to the South-east, while calling on the people to support the president.

He added that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo had also told leaders of the South-west last week to support the re-election of Buhari so as to get the presidency in 2023.

Afegbua stated, “Two principal officers of the same government cannot be fooling Nigerians with vain glorious promises all in the name of re-election. Such discordant tunes by the first and second citizens of our dear country have exposed lack of synergy, and display of double standard and double-speak by chieftains of a government that has continued to display wanton desperation to hold on to power at all cost in the face of monumental failure.

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“How can the president be promising South-east the presidency when his vice president is also promising the South-west same position in 2023, all in the name of 2019 re-election?

“This is a clear show of deceit, desperation, crass insincerity and hypocrisy of the highest order.”

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