Uche Secondus, national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has said the party is determined to replace the All progressives Congress (APC) in 2023, despite recent defections by governors elected under its platform.
Governor Bello Mattawalle of Zamfara State became the latest high profile member to dump the PDP for the ruling APC.
The APC officially received Matawalle into the party on Tuesday, with the development coming just over a month after his Cross River counterpart, Ben Ayade, moved to the APC.
David Umahi, Ebonyi governor, had also defected from the PDP to the APC in November 2020.
However, Secondus, during a press conference in Abuja on Tuesday, insisted that the PDP is focused on taking over from the APC in 2023, for the sake of suffering Nigerians.
“We stand here to state clearly that we will form the next government come 2023 because of the masses, not the governors who are leaving the PDP”, he said.
The PDP leader who accused the APC of “poaching governors” from the party and intimidating them to join the ruling party, urged the APC to focus on repositioning the country’s economy and making life better for Nigerians.
He lamented the hardship being endured by Nigerians.
“I have never seen a country where you have an economic crisis, [and] insecurity then the ruling party goes poaching governors… it is a shame that all the governors left for fear; they were intimidated by the instrument of the government of the APC.
“They are going after our governors but we are going after the masses of this country, the people who are suffering under this government. And that is the difference,” he stated.
The PDP lost power to the APC in 2015, after 16 years in power.
The party has since been struggle to form a formidable opposition to the APC.