Governor Nyesom Wike of River State has said that the current leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) under the leadership of Prince Uche Secondus cannot lead the party to victory in the 2023 general elections.
According to a statement issued by his media aide, Wike stated this in an interview in Port Harcourt.
The internal crisis that rocked the PDP recently was due to the failure of the party under the present leadership to function as a major opposition party, the Rivers Governor said.
Wike stressed that the PDP remained the only credible alternative party to the All Progressives Congress (APC), which is in its second term.
Speaking further, Wike accused President Muhammadu Buhari of supporting the stand of APC lawmakers in the National Assembly on the electronic transmission of election results. This is despite attesting publicly that he benefitted from the card reader initiative introduced by former President, Goodluck Jonathan’s administration.
If you go to the public and ask Nigerians if PDP is ready to take over power in 2023, if you take referendum, you will know that Nigerians are even waiting for PDP. But the fear of Nigerians is whether PDP is ready to reclaim power. So, people are concerned about it. Obviously, it is ripe for PDP to take over, but you must be prepared to take over power from APC in two years’ time.
And we said with what we have now, it will be difficult to take over power in 2023 if there are no amendments. Leadership was the problem. The point is this, the current NWC, as it is today, cannot lead the party to victory. Nobody has said they have not done well, one way or the other, but we are talking about the challenges ahead.
That is why we are pushing for the party to have other people to lead the party and give it a different strength altogether. If you know APC, you know that you need a robust, determined leadership of the party to make sure you match them word by word, action by action.