Noting that it cannot defeat the ruling All Progressives Congress on its own, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, says it is collaborating with former presidents and political leaders in the country to oust President Muhammadu Buhari from power in 2019.
The main opposition party revealed that discussions have gone far among the former leaders of the country and other political parties, on how to rescue the country from the hands of the present leaders.
National chairman of the party, Prince Uche Secondus, made this known on Thursday while speaking at the opening ceremony of the party’s National Executive Committee, NEC, meeting in Abuja.
He was however silent on the names of the former Presidents and leaders that the PDP had met.
Secondus revealed, at the meeting attended by governors and former presidents of the Senate and the current Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, that discussions were also on to bring other people to join the party.
According to him, “We have met with former Presidents and former leaders and they are in unison to make sure that come 2019, a new and fresh President is elected and a new government is formed in our nation.
“Because of this challenge, we have taken it upon ourselves as the leading opposition party to broaden our scope, open our doors and allow ideas to flow in for a more robust democratic development.
“We, therefore, invite our brothers, sisters, youths and women from other political parties in this platform to join us to rescue our country that is in distress socially, politically, and economically and security wise.
“In this country today over 3.1 million citizens are languishing in various IDPs across the country yet we are not at war with any country.
“Our consultations have taken us to meet with various interest groups who are willing to do business with us and I can report to you that it has been very fruitful.
“We expect in the coming days to have a broader political family working dedicatedly to rescue this democracy and our beloved country from the hands of the All Progressives Congress.”
The PDP national chairman described the snatching of the mace at the Senate by political thugs on Wednesday as a coup and asked that those behind it should be tried for treason.
He disclosed that the snatching of Senate’s symbol of authority “underscores the fact that our democracy is seriously under threat.”
Secondus said, “What happened in the Senate yesterday (Wednesday) is a clear assault on democracy, a coup against the legislature and should not only be condemned but those responsible should be tried for treason as demanded by the law.
“Herdsmen brazenly invade our homes and farms, rape, maim and kill our people daily, and thugs do the same in our parliament yet we have a government.”
Also speaking at the meeting, Chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum, who is also the Governor of Ekiti state, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, called on the Deputy Senate President not to rely on the police for his protection.
He said if hoodlums could easily gain access to the National Assembly without security men stopping them, then nobody could be said to be safe.
Facing Ekweremadu, the governor said, “Take your security seriously. Don’t rely on the Nigerian police so that they don’t collude against you.”
The Deputy Senate President, on his part, said he had reported the Senate incident to Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo.
He said he could not still fathom how the hoodlums were able to beat security cordon in the area to gain access to the Senate chambers.
Among those at the meeting were Governors Seriake Dickson, Udom Emmanuel, Darius Ishaku of Bayelsa, Akwa Ibom, Gombe and Taraba states.