Chief Dr. Emeka Kalu, a Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chieftain, Director-General of the Atikulated Agenda 2019, and former Governorship Candidate of Abia State, under the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, has said that the PDP Presidential Candidate in the 2019 elections, Atiku Abubakar, will defeat President Muhammadu Buhari, of the All Progressives Congress, APC, at the ongoing Election Petition Tribunal.
Speaking to Daily Independent, Kalu expressed belief that Atiku will emerge victorious.
He said: “There is the need for the PDP to rein in their horses and go back to the drawing board to reinforce. There is a great task ahead between now and 2023. If the PDP has hidden their card to their chest, the APC would not have had a field day in rigging the 2019 elections, as it did in 2019.”
“I blame the party’s Leadership for allowing disunity to rob us the 2019 poll. They forgot the exigencies of harnessing their acts and working like a team. I recall the outright sell-out of the PDP Senators, that cost them the Senate Presidency, which was shocking. PDP Leadership needs to do much more to bring unity among the members. The PDP members have been all loyal to selves. They place personal interests above party loyalty. That is the only explanation why almost all of them reportedly received bribe at the dying minute and voted against their own party member in the Senate. It was a big shame.
“I am a party man. I have always emphasised on party loyalty. Loyal party men do not jump from one party to another at the slightest sign of challenge. Even before the election was over, some people abandoned ship and left Atiku alone, thinking it was over. I was asking myself, were these people actually with us in the true sense of the word ‘US’? How can a supposed friend quickly abandon you at the slightest sign of challenge? I see this as one of the bane of our success as a party, and a trend that should be checked in toto.”
“On this premise, therefore, I advise that if PDP will make headway like the great party she is, they must learn how to put their acts together and work like a team, because the task ahead is enormous. In the same vein, I am calling on the party to keep hope alive, because I believe that Atiku/PDP will still come out victorious at the ongoing Tribunal. PDP is a great party to reckon with any time, any day. Our success lies in our ability to unite as the great party we are, while shunning self-interest and putting the interest of the party first.”
“We should never lose focus as a result of the antics of the power grabbers, because victory is ours. It is our responsibility to retrieve the mandate of the people from plunderers, and harness it against 2023. If we do not pull ourselves together now, we may still find ourselves grappling for what rightfully is ours. Let us rebuild PDP on the strong pillars of unity and party loyalty, so that 2023 will be a walkover for us.”