The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said that it is false to assume opposition is dead in Nigeria.
Kola Ologbondiyan, National Publicity Secretary of the party, said this in response to a statement credited to Garba Shehu, President Muhammadu Buhari’s media aide, that the opposition is dead.
He said the notion was false as PDP remained vibrant as a major opposition party. He also said Nigeria will never become a one-party state, warning that efforts to turn the country in the past to one-party state failed; adding that Nigeria will always survive dictators.
“The Buhari presidency came out to claim that there are agitators for a third term. We quickly pointed it out to them that there are no agitators; rather, if there is anything, it is the Buhari Presidency who is bringing the third term to the issue of national discourse.
“We assured them that, given the magnificent failures of this Buhari Presidency, Nigerians are not ready to discuss it.
“From there, they have moved to the issue of one-party state and bringing it to national discourse. Even that is totally unacceptable to us and I want those who are advising the President on this issue to back off.
“As they came out to claim that the major opposition party is dead, we want to state clearly that our party is the consensus political party of the majority of Nigerians and our party, after a long journey of overhauling, has become the centre for seeking for power and good governance in our nation.
“The PDP does not contain certificate forgers; it is not a party of people who are contrivers.
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“Our political party is relating directly with Nigerian people and we are working assiduously to make sure that democratic tenets of our nation is not only entrenched but seen to be entrenched in our nation,” he said.