Hon. Ndudi Elumelu, Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, has confirmed that several lawmakers from the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, have decided to rejoin the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP ahead of the 2023 general elections.
He said that the aim was to save the country from the stranglehold of the ruling party.
Elumelu’s announcement, made available to National Assembly correspondents on Thursday, was found in his remarks at the PDP’s emergency National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting in Abuja.
He said that the APC government had annihilated the gains made by the main opposition party during its previous 16-year reign at the helm.
“Our great party, the PDP, was built on the solid principles of national unity and inclusiveness, as well as democratic tenets of rule of law, social justice, equal opportunity, openness, mutual respect, sustainable economic development; and the health, security, and happiness of all,” he said.
“It is undeniable that during our 16 years in power at the core, our great party worked tirelessly to create a more prosperous and unified nation, with unparalleled economic growth, rapid infrastructure creation, and citizen empowerment.
“Unfortunately, the overtly incompetent, dishonest, divisive, and racist APC administration has squandered these lofty achievements in less than six years. We’ve never had it so bad in our country’s history, and Nigerians are in agony.
“Today, terrorism, mass killings, kidnapping, banditry, youth restiveness, economic deprivation, unemployment, hunger and malnutrition, and utter hopelessness have encircled our nation as a result of the APC’s misrule. Nigerians across the board are now looking to our party to save our beloved country, and we must not let them down.
“I must congratulate our party’s leaders for achieving unity and oneness of intent in our ranks for the challenge ahead.
“It is undeniable that if we proceed in this manner, our party will undoubtedly retake the reigns of power at the centre and in the majority of the federation by 2023, saving our nation from this bleak situation.
“Against this context, our caucus has increased our legislative activities in revealing the ills, incompetence, corruption, and desirability of the APC government, while emphasising that the only remedy is to restore the PDP to power at the centre in 2023.
“I am pleased to announce to the NEC that, as a result of our unwavering efforts, many of our APC colleagues have seen reasons to join hands with us and have expressed their willingness to move over to our party for the patriotic mission ahead.”
Elumelu also announced that the minority caucus’ leadership challenge in the current 9th House of Representatives had been resolved, thanking some party leaders for intervening.
He also stressed the importance of remaining concentrated and unified at the party level in order to achieve their goals.
“I sincerely thank our party’s leadership; the National Working Committee, the National Executive Committee, the PDP Governors’ Forum, and indeed the Board of Trustees (BoT), former Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu, and Senate Minority Leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe, for their collective effort to resolve the leadership issues that confronted our caucus in the House of Representatives.
Since the resolution of all problems, I and my colleagues in the House of Representatives have maintained the trust and support of our party’s leaders across the board.
“I am delighted to inform the NEC that our caucus has been working tirelessly as a single powerful, unified, and concentrated front in furtherance of the concerted effort, on the platform of our great party, to rescue our dear nation from the misrule of the APC administration.
“Furthermore, our party must maintain its stability. As a result, we call on our leaders and important stakeholders to band together in support of the NWC as it undertakes the difficult task of steering the affairs of our great party for the upcoming task.
“Leaders of our group, ladies and gentlemen, Nigerians are waiting; they are in line behind us for guidance. The onus is now on all of us to stay united, centred, and avoid distractions during this crucial time,” Elumelu said.