The rulling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ogun State on Friday in face-off over the 2023 gubernatorial election in Ogun State.
TheAffairs reports that warring factions in the state PDP had on Wednesday reunited having laid to rest the protracted internal wrangling in the party, with a vow to crush the ruling APC come 2023.
“I am happy that the PDP of 2003 is now back. We are now together in harmony, looking forward to having a united PDP in Ogun State.
“We are going to get back our mandate from the misrule of the APC, a party that has no blueprint. They just wake up in the morning and embark on any project that comes to their head. They give water or road where not needed. The PDP is the best party so far and we are winning in 2023,” Sikirullahi Ogundele, the PDP State Chairman, declared at the reunion meeting.
But the APC through its Spokesman, Tunde Oladunjoye on Friday fired back, labelling PDP’s threat of takeover in 2023 as “daydreaming, infantile fancy and political grandstanding devoid of practical reality”
Oladunjoye described the reported unity of factions in the PDP as “a charade meant for photo-ops, camera lights and cheap publicity and also as a belated cry when the head was already off.”
“Let me assure you that APC and Governor Dapo Abiodun will not be dragged into the 2023 electioneering yet. This is a government that will just be two years in office next month. We want our work to speak for us while the opposition continues to day-dream and engage in shadow-boxing”, Oladunjoye said.
Reacting to Oladunjoye’s statatement, the PDP Spokesman, Bankole Akinloye, said “For us as a responsible political party, we are of absolute conviction that APC, from day one, has been a major disstabilising factor behind the political disagreement in the PDP.
“They engineered it, they sustained it and have benefitted from it; but unfortunately they could not manage the inherent benefits as their sponsored moves were ungodly, uncivil and lack human face. This readily confirms the reasons why they are obviously pained by the gains of recent reconciliation achieved by the PDP in Ogun state and afraid of the consequent democratic efforts of the PDP in delivering the people of Ogun State from the shackles of APC.
“While we will not be ready to join issues with the ruling APC government, we want to make bold to remind them that the people of Ogun still await all the “electoral eldorado” they promised during the electioneering campaigns.
“The government should remember that while the Governor chooses to keep silent, the scourge of insecurity in Ogun state still looms large under his weakling watch. The displaced indigenes who are in asylum in the neighbouring Benin Republic are tired of grains and noodles, they want to return to a secured home. The government should remember that about 15 months deductions of Ogun workers are still being owed just as Leave Bonuses are still outstanding.
“In conclusion, we want it to be on record, that the current tide of peace and tranquility in our great party has been formidably cemented and never shall our party return to its dark days.”