The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has said it would crush the leading opposition party, All Progressives Congress (APC) in the February 2015 elections and called the APC as a party that serve Nigerians lies.
PDP’s national publicity secretary, Olisa Metuh, said the PDP had done enough to garner grassroot support for all its candidates in the elections. He said the party’s would present candidates to beat in all positions and boasted that its presidential candidate, President Goodluck Jonathan was the best candidate in the race for Aso Rock.
“The PDP is rest assured that we have a very good product to sell to Nigerians. We are confident that President Jonathan, as our candidate, is primed to win the 2015 presidential election based on his popularity deriving from his forthrightness, humility and steadfastness to the Nigerian project coupled with his record of verifiable achievements.”
Metuh said the APC had no chance of dislodging it from the presidency and challenged the leading opposition candidates, Muhammadu Buhari and Atiku Abubakar, to a public debate against President Jonathan.
“We are today serving notice to the opposition APC to expect a crushing defeat at the polls. In view of our confidence, preparedness and the popularity of our candidate, we declare that the APC can put forth its two frontline aspirants in one bunch, namely General Muhammadu Buhari and Alhaji Atiku Abubakar as joint presidential candidates with their collective credentials and followership to face our candidate, President Goodluck Jonathan.
“For us in the PDP, it is neither a matter of conjecture nor propaganda; we are certain that with the grassroots support and the love he enjoys from Nigerians across board, President Jonathan will secure an emphatic victory at the polls.”
Metuh further explained that in spite of mounting odds and difficulties against the president, he had been able to steer Nigeria unto the path of growth, economic stability, and unity. He said the PDP-led administration had also revived the country’s railway system which was hitherto comatose before the Jonathan administration and had renovated and reconstructed many roads across the country.
“The administration has revived the comatose railway transportation with some of the rail lines already in operation. Lagos-Kano is already in operation with new coaches providing improved services.
“Not only have the nation’s highways improved, ongoing works can be seen in almost all parts of the country. When the Jonathan administration came on board, only 5,000 out of the 35,000 kilometers of federal roads were motorable. Today, the Jonathan government has rehabilitated and reconstructed 20,000 additional kilometers. The remaining 10,000 kilometers will be completed in the next three years while other new road projects will be executed.
“There have been monumental achievements in the agriculture sector, particularly in the distribution of fertilizer, development in the production of rice, cassava and other Nigerian staples.
“There are many more other achievements that are there for us to showcase. The Nigerian economy is growing at an average rate of 6.5 percent. The recent rebasing of the Nigerian economy, which makes it the largest in Africa and the 26th largest in the world, with a GDP of $510 billion, is a major achievement by the Jonathan government.”