The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has stated that the promise by the Presidency and the All Progressives Congress, APC, to both the South-East and South-West that they would produce the President in 2023 has exposed the insincerity and desperation of the ruling party to win the 2019 general elections.
The PDP Presidential Campaign Council, in a statement by one of its spokesmen, Kassim Afegbua, stated that to cede the Presidency in 2023 to the two geopolitical zones at the same time showed that President Muhammadu Buhari and the APC were insincere in their engagement with the people of the South East and South West.
Last week, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo had charged leaders of the South-West to support Buhari’s re-election so that the Presidency could return to the zone in 2023. The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Tunde Fashola had previously canvassed similar position. Meanwhile, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Boss Mustapha, had on different occasions told APC members in the South-East that President Buhari would hand over the reins of power to the South East, if it supports his re-election bid, with the Minister of Employment, Chris Ngige pushing the same argument.
But Afegbua said with the doublespeak by the Presidency and the ruling party, it was obvious that Nigerians cannot take Buhari and his party seriously in the run up to the February 16 election.
He said, “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, respectively, the 2023 presidency in exchange for votes.
“Giving out two promises has exposed the insincerity and dubious intention of the Buhari-led Federal Government with the people of the South East and South West geopolitical zones, with empty promises of bequeathing power to the two zones at the same time in 2023.
“Two principal officers of the same government cannot be fooling Nigerians with vainglorious 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 doublespeak 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.
“How can the President be promising south-easterners the Presidency when his Vice President is also promising south-westerners same position in 2023, all in the name of 2019 re-election?” Afegbua queried.
The PDP presidential campaign spokesman continued: “This is a clear show of deceit, desperation, crass insincerity and hypocrisy of the highest order. This is a clarion call on south-easterners not to trust such carrot being dangled before them as it has become obvious that this government neither fulfills promises nor keeps any covenant.
“The president cannot, on the one hand, be playing God by decreeing which zone he intends to bequeath the reins of power, while his Vice President, on the other hand, is also promising his South West zone of same position.
“This is a typical feature of power-hawkers, in their desperation to hoodwink buyers to patronise their morbid products. The Nigerian public must wake up to this doublespeak and vote out this inconsistent government in 2019.”