FERDINARD SPIFF, Abuja
December 9, 2014 – The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has expressed confidence that not-withstanding current challenges, President Goodluck Jonathan will defeat the two major candidates of the All Progressive Congress(APC), former Head of State, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari and former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar with his grassroots support in the 2015 general election.
Publicity Secretary of the party, Chief Olisa Metuh gave the assurance while speaking at a press conference in Abuja to herald the party’s Presidential primaries slated for December 10 and 11, 2014 at the Eagle Square, Abuja.
He said that President Jonathan is primed to win the 2015 presidential election based on his popularity deriving from his forthrightness, humility and steadfastness to the Nigerian project coupled with his record of verifiable achievements.
“We are today serving notice to the opposition APC to expect a crushing defeat at the polls. In view of our confidence, preparedness and the popularity of our candidate, we declare that the APC can put forth its two frontline aspirants in one bunch, namely General Muhammadu Buhari and Alhaji Atiku Abubakar as joint presidential candidates with their collective credentials and followership to face our candidate, President Goodluck Jonathan.
“For us in the PDP, it is neither a matter of conjecture nor propaganda; we are certain that with the grassroots support and the love he enjoys from Nigerians across board, President Jonathan will secure an emphatic victory at the polls”, the party said.
According to the PDP, Jonathan has performed exceedingly well like never before and has put the nation on the part of stability and unity by enthroning far-reaching reforms that brought about free and fair elections in Edo, Ondo, Osun and Ekiti state which he said has drawn international commendation.
He explained that under President Jonathan, the nation has witnessed remarkable progress and landmark developments in all sectors of the Nigerian public life, through his Transformation Agenda.
“The administration has revived the comatose railway transportation with some of the rail lines already in operation. Lagos-Kano is already in operation with new coaches providing improved services.
“Not only have the nation’s highways improved, ongoing works can be seen in almost all parts of the country. When the Jonathan administration came on board, only 5,000 out of the 35,000 kilometers of federal roads were motorable. Today, the Jonathan government has rehabilitated and reconstructed 20,000 additional kilometers. The remaining 10,000 kilometers will be completed in the next three years while other new road projects will be executed”, he said adding that with these achievements, the President has made the task of winning the 2015 general election very easy for the party.
“There is no doubt that President Jonathan has simplified the task for us in the forthcoming presidential elections. Ours is to give expression to the positive narrative of performance by appealing to the sensibilities of well-meaning Nigerians to ignore the propaganda and salad of lies being served to them by the opposition, and join hands with us to give the President a second term mandate on February 14, 2015.
“Our party is therefore proud to present a credible and dependable candidate with an unquestionable character and we urge Nigerians to continue to stand by him as we march to victory in the 2015 general elections”, Metuh said.