A former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Prof. Tam David-West, has declared that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is in great trouble given the huge success recorded at the formal inauguration of Gen. Muhammadu Buhari’s presidential campaign in Port-Harcourt, Rivers State, on Tuesday.
David-West said the ruling party is in trouble because it underestimated the All Progressives Congress, APC, believing that the opposition party would implode as a result of the personal ambitions of some political gladiators in the party.
He added that the PDP woes were made worse by lack of good advisers and strategies and over-reliance on the ‘money’ factor in politics.
The former minister, who hails from Rivers State, pointed out that the huge crowd that attended the Port-Harcourt campaign, in a state bordering President Goodluck Jonathan’s home state and where his wife hails from, confirmed how unpopular the president and the PDP have become in the country.
David-West further noted that the zeal for change among Nigerians is so widespread in the country, expressing the confidence that APC would emerge winner of the February presidential election.
He said: “PDP is in great trouble because the party leaders never expected the great support for the APC and Buhari. Dr Doyin Okupe had insisted that APC would break up, but this huge success is what is starring them in the face now.
“They also do not have good advisers and neither do they have good strategies as politicians. They do not do research before they talk. They lie a lot, destroying themselves before Nigerians.
“They are also in big trouble because they rely so much on money which they have a lot. But Nigerians are looking for those who can bring positive changes to the country.
“APC will win in grand style. The more PDP pulls it back, the more it shoots itself on the foot”.
While commending the successful outcome of the Port-Harcourt rally, the ex-minister particularly lauded Buhari for speaking so well at the campaign.
The professor of Virology said he has always believed that Buhari would win the race but that the Tuesday campaign reignited his faith the more.
David-West also challenged the spokesman for the PDP Presidential Campaign Council, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, to a public debate on Buhari over the latter’s claim that he had some dirt on the former head of state.