The All Progressives Congress (APC) says the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) is already conceding defeat ahead of the 2019 elections as it claims the party adopted a mode of primaries similar to its own (the APC), to elect its candidates.
The APC said this in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Yekini Nabena, on Sunday.
“The APC is amused by the interest the PDP has in the mode of primary election we adopted to elect our party candidates for the 2019 elections.
“With over 13 million registered APC members, coupled with a large section of non-partisan Nigerian electorate supporting the President Muhammadu Buhari-led APC administration, it would seem that the PDP, on account of its attack of APC’s adoption of direct primaries, particularly to elect its presidential candidate, has already conceded defeat even before the 2019 elections,” the party said.
Furthermore, the APC condemned the PDP for what it described as its inability to ensure internal Party democracy.
It said, “We quite understand that the revolutionary and progressive idea of Direct primaries to elect party candidates is strange to the PDP – a party known for its inability to ensure internal party democracy and actively promotes imposition of candidates against the will of its members.
“Direct Primaries among others ensure fairness; creates a level playing ground for contestants; eliminates corrupt tendencies usually associated with the delegates system and ultimately ensure full and direct participation of party members at all levels in the election of Party candidates”.
The APC, therefore, stated that it is a “Progressive Party” and will continue to implement the Change agenda promised to Nigerians.
It also urged Nigerians to continue to show their support for the party even as the President continues to rebuild and the nation.