NIGERIA’S main opposition the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is desperately trying to woo former Imo State governor Senator Rochas Okorocha ahead of the 2023 presidential elections after lashed out at the his own ruling party the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Senator Okorocha, currently the lawmaker representing Imo West Senatorial District, took a swipe at the APC yesterday, saying the party was hurriedly formed to hijack power from the PDP in 2015. he then added that himself and other progressive-minded politicians were perfecting a plan to form a new political movement.
Looking to cash in on what appears to be a rift within the APC, the PDP appealed to the former governor to return to the opposition party instead of making the mistake he made in 2014. Senator Okorocha was originally a member of the PDP before leaving to join the All Progressives Grand Alliance, from where he joined the APC.
According to Senator Okorocha, from the body language of the Nigerians, it is obvious that they are not satisfied with what is on ground in Nigeria. Last week, senator Okorocha inaugurated a project of the Rivers State government on the invitation of Governor Nyesom Wike, a leading member of the PDP.
At the event, he called on the good people in the APC and the PDP to come together and rescue Nigeria in 2023. Senator Okorocha said there was urgent need for the regrouping of the good politicians to restore public confidence in governance and save the country.
Senator Okorocha said: “The APC was a hurried arrangement, it was hurriedly formed to take power when the then government was drifting. The APC would have been better until people who were not members of the party, people who came for congratulatory messages, hijacked the party and became lords.”
PDP publicity secretary Kola Ologbondiyan, said that the PDP was glad that more Nigerians especially people like the former Imo State governor had seen the deceit the APC represented. Mr Ologbondiyan added: “Our advice to people like Okorocha is for him to avoid making the same mistake twice, as any party hurriedly put together like the APC because of elections are bound to fall into the same errors.
“He should rather come over to the PDP, a very structured party with a pedigree of performance. We’ve made a few mistakes in the past and we’ve learnt from them but Nigerians now know the difference between a properly structured political party which has their interest at heart and an association of angry men who only came together to grab power for power sake.”