The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has carried out a review of its presidential campaigns so far and come to the conclusion that with the overwhelming support from Nigerians across the six geo-political zones, it is sure that President Goodluck Jonathan will win convincingly by over 64 percent in the February 14 presidential elections.
National Publicity Secretary of PDP, Olisa Metuh, who stated this while fielding questions from journalists in Abuja on Friday, also said that President Jonathan was well received in the North, noting that the isolated cases of attacks on his convoy by a handful of sponsored miscreants in some northern states does not in any way reflect the true feelings of the region regarding the president.
“Our campaigns have been very successful and the President has been wonderfully received by Nigerians in all parts of the country. We have ran a superior campaign with our record of performance and Nigerians are convinced that the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its Presidential candidate, Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari are no alternatives to the PDP and President Jonathan. If elections hold today, it is certain that President Jonathan will record a sweeping victory across board. In fact, we will win with over 64 percent”, Metuh said.
Metuh said the campaigns have thrown up very salient issues including exposing the emptiness of the APC and its flagbearer, their lack of policy direction, lack of capacity and right temperament to handle the complexity of leadership at the highest level.
APC, according to the spokesman of the ruling party, has shown that it has nothing to offer Nigerians apart from propaganda, insults, promoting of violence, wild allegations and impracticable promises adding also that Nigeria are not comfortable with the caliber of their candidates and leaders who have proven to be “desperate and selfish”.
Stating that the APC has continued to expose its insincerity, the ruling PDP dismissed promises by APC leaders that they will solve Nigeria’s problems within a year and end insurgency in four months. The party recalled Mr. Buhari’s statement in a recent interview he granted The Cable News, an online news platform, in which he admitted that “for anybody to come and create an impression that he can work wonders is a lie”.
Mr. Metuh also quoted the APC presidential flag bearer in the same interview as saying that “Nigerians have to be prepared to suffer for at least five more straight years before we can stabilize this country” arguing that such is an admission that he (Buhari) has no clear-cut blue print for governance.
He added that Buhari’s body language and utterances have continued to betray his inner acceptance of incompetence and lack of capacity to move Nigeria to the next level.
Also reacting to the unsavoury utterances of some support groups and individuals canvassing for votes for the president, Mr. Metuh said although the party was not responsible for the utterances, it has already taken precautionary measures to check such in the overall interest of the nation. He said President Jonathan enjoys the support of a majority of Nigerians and not only from the South South.
“President Jonathan can even be more loved in Sokoto than in Bayelsa his home state, President Jonathan can even be more loved in the South-West than the South-South. Mr. President is not an Ijaw President but the President of the entire nation”, Mr. Metuh said.
He, therefore, urged all supporters of the PDP and the president to be guided by the lofty founding ideals of the PDP for which it enjoys the support of Nigerians.