Contrary to the position of those he described as ‘prophets of doom’ that the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) will go into extinction if Senator Ali Modu Sheriff wins at the supreme court, former Ambassador to Canada and governorship aspirant in Ekiti State, Amb Dare Bejide has said such situation would fortify the party the more.
Bejide said the party will begin to wax stronger after the judgement,saying those predicting doom days will be put to shame in the end.
He also assured that the party will organize a free, fair and credible primary to select the candidate for the 2018 governorship poll in Ekiti, expressing confidence that the party will retain Ekiti even if Governor Ayodele Fayose defects to another party.
The former envoy spoke in a statement in Ado Ekiti at the weekend,describing the party as having enormous goodwill among Nigerians taking cognizance of the lacklustre performances of the All Progressives Congress-led government at the federal level.
Bejide said the 16 years of PDP in the country , especially the administrations of Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo, Umaru Yar’Adua and Goodluck Jonathan, the economy was better managed than the current recession crippling the system under President Muhammadu Buhari.
“PDP has no reason to die because nobody is an island no matter how politically powerful you are. Those predicting doom days are only being selfish because it was wrong for you to wish a party that makes you a governor dead.
“The Senator Sheriff and Ahmed Makarfi must learn how to work together after the judgement and whoever wants to defect is free. One thing is certain, the only vibrant opposition platform that can wrest power from APC in 2019 general election is the PDP, no new party can achieve such a herculean task.
“I am sure that those who have the interest of the party at hearts will stand by Sheriff if he wins while the few people who said they have nothing to do with him can defect and see which party will actually make headway in 2019. But predicting outright death for PDP was not only wrong but that devilish prediction will never come to fruition”.
Bejide called on the PDP members in the state to be battle ready for the 2018 poll, saying nobody will be allowed to impose candidate on them.
“Whether Governor Ayodele Fayose stays put in PDP or not, what is certain is that we won’t allow anybody to impose the governorship candidate on us. The candidate will emerge through free and fair primaries, because the era of impunity has gone.
“The PDP was formed through the collective will of all Nigerians and not by any individual, so nobody has the sole right to dictate what should happen. Let me assure our teeming supporters not to entertain fear, no one will foist any candidate on us in Ekiti”.