The newly inaugurated National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr Iyorchia Ayu, has promised that the party will rebuild the country from the ruins of the current All Progressives Congress (APC) if returned to power in 2023.
This is coming just as Ayu, a one-time President of the Senate lamented the state of the nation under the Muhammadu Buhari led administration, saying the APC has mismanaged the gains of the 16 year rule of his party.
Ayu spoke in Abuja on Friday during the inauguration of members of the new National Working Committee (NWC) of the party led by him with a pledge to strengthen internal democratic rule.
Appraising the state of the nation, Ayu identified nepotism as the cause of secessionist agitations rocking the Southeast and the Southwest geopolitical zones while accusing the APC administration of exacerbating religious tension in the country through some of its policies.
“In the last six years, the APC-led government has mismanaged our diversity; divided the country along regional and religious lines. It has exacerbated religious tensions in the country.
“And through its marriage to nepotism, the incompetent APC- Federal Government is fueling secessionist agitations in the East and West of Nigeria.” Ayu said.
On the economic front, he accused the APC led government of foisting two economic recessions on the country, adding that about 40 million Nigerians have been pushed into extreme poverty in six years with inflation at an all-time high at 18%.
“A total debt stock of over $90 billion now hangs over Nigeria. An erratic exchange rate regime has depleted N324 against the US Dollar in the last six years.” He said.
To reposition the party back to winning ways, he said, “We shall return the party to vigorous discussions; pay serious attention to new thinking and the implementation of policies and programmes that will secure and improve the quality of life of all Nigerians.
“The Peoples Democratic Institute (PDI) will be revived and strengthened to drive this process. Before the next election cycle, we shall present a PDP manifesto that will bring back hope to our people.
“My dear compatriots, keep hope alive. Do not allow a small and rapacious cabal to destroy your faith in one, united Nigeria”.
“A PDP administration will change the narrative. We will unite the people. We will deepen the content of our democracy. We will rebuild our collapsed economy. We will make Nigerians the focus of development.
“We will expand our international vision beyond Niger Republic. We will check the rampaging insecurity. We will restore Nigeria’s lost glory. And we will reclaim our dignity, destiny and pride as the Giant of Africa.”