The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has predicted that the All Progressives Congress, APC, will experience an irreversible doom over its adoption of President Muhammadu Buhari as the party's sole presidential candidate in the 2019 general elections.
The PDP expressed their thoughts in a statement issued by Kola Ologbondiyan, its National Publicity Secretary, in Abuja on Thursday.
According to the statement, the insistence of President Buhari, whom they said is "grossly unpopular" among Nigerians, to re-contest for the presidency and the use of dictatorial antics which he and some APC members allegedly used to thwart the ambition of other presidential hopefuls has destroyed the ruling party's chance at the elections.
The opposition party said the President's desperation for power has been glaringly exhibited through his refusal to allow and contest in a fierce primary, thereby destroying internal democracy in the APC.
The statement read, "The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says with the emergence of President Muhammadu Buhari, who has become grossly unpopular among Nigerians, as its sole presidential candidate, the All Progressives Congress (APC) is now irredeemably doomed for a crushing defeat in the 2019 general elections.
"The party points out that President Buhari's fear to contest an elective presidential primary, for which he and a few APC leaders scared away other presidential contestants within their party with threats and high nomination fees, ended up ruining APC’s chances of fielding a good candidate for the election.
"Had President Buhari shed his desperation for power and allowed for internal democracy within the APC, particularly when it became clear that Nigerians across board have become averse to his re-election, due to his incompetence and insensitivity to the plight of citizens, there would have been little hope for the APC."
The PDP said the decision of the APC to adopt a sole candidate as given President Buhari a "pyrrhic victory" and, therefore, being unable to truly test his popularity before the general elections.
The party wondered that since he could not face party members, who gave him their presidential ticket in 2015, how could he then face Nigerians, whom he purportedly failed to deliver his campaign promises to.
"Now that Mr. President has confirmed by his body language that he had no chance in a party that he leads, how can he then stand a chance in the general elections where millions of Nigerians, who are suffering untold hardship because of his misrule are only waiting to deal him a blow with their votes."
The statement claimed that the PDP has now become the "rallying platform" for all Nigerians, especially among members of the APC, seeking for a change in government, adding that "President Buhari is not a match to any of our presidential aspirants."
The opposition party stated that contrary to happenings in the APC, it remains committed to the conduct of a credible, free, fair and transparent presidential primary.