The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Rivers State says ‘it will not take much of its efforts to crush and override the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the forthcoming elections in the State.
Addressing leaders and other Party faithful at the party Secretariat in Port Harcourt during the official Commissioning/Handing over of the first Batch of Branded Buses to the 23 LGAs in Rivers State, the Supervising Minister of Education, Nyesom Wike said PDP is far ahead of the APC, and is poised to vote out from office the those he described as ‘APC monsters’ in the State currently hibernating in Government House and milking the state dry.
The PDP leader explained that the essence of the distribution of the vehicles to the local government areas was strictly to ease mobility of members and to enhance effective execution of party activities in all the nooks and crannies of the various LGAs. He warned against using the buses for extraneous and senseless engagements.
The Minister emphasized that politics demands sacrifice and commitment, noting that the party has set the stage, and that all illegalities, impunities and recklessness in governance in the State will not be allowed to stand.
While charging all party faithful to remain resolute, he commended the gallant efforts of other leaders of the party in the state, assuring them that with such vigour, the party will win, and the President (Goodluck Jonathan) will return as President in 2015.
Also speaking, the National Deputy Chairman of the Party, Prince Uche Secondus said it was high time the PDP in the state took their destiny in their hands, disclosing that one major intention of the leadership of the party for providing the buses was to decentralize party leadership and activities.
The PDP National Deputy Chairman also disclosed that the party will soon commence the update of membership registration nationwide, after 14 years of initial membership documentation exercise.
While describing President Jonathan as a performing President, Secondus re-emphasized that PDP will not and is not ready to settle for anything other than the gold at all levels, not silver, warning all party members not to allow elements of the APC to infiltrate into its fold.
He also said winning elections is not about the volume of press or media coverage and advertorials paid for as Governor Amaechi and APC are doing, but about contacts and mobilization of the masses.
Earlier, the State party Chairman, Felix Obuah had expressed appreciation over the various support and cooperation of other leaders of the party, particularly Wike, Secondus, Rt. Hon. Austin Opara and other party elders, women, youths, and members of the Grassroots Development Initiative(GDI).
He assured them that the party was better positioned now to win all forthcoming elections in the State, but appealed for the provision of a befitting State Secretariat that can accommodate the teeming and surging members of the party.
Obuah disclosed that the second phase of the event shall include distribution of more buses, motorbikes, tricycles and marine vessels (speed boats) to all the local government areas and the various Wards in the State for effective mobilization of party members in all the nooks and crannies of the State.
The State Party Chairman also used the occasion to reiterate that the party will not anoint any candidate in the 2015 general elections, saying he would provide a level playing ground for all eligible aspirants, irrespective of culture, gender or tribe.
He noted that as a law abiding party, the PDP will continue to play by the rule and according to the Constitution and the Electoral Act, as it concerns political campaigns, urging all Rivers people to sustain their total support for the PDP and President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.