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APC to Iyorchia Ayu: You can’t be different from your predecessor

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has slammed the National Chairman of the opposition Peoples Democratic (PDP), Senator Iyorchia Ayu over the statement credited to him on the ruling party.

APC, in a statement from its Secretary of the Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee, Senator John Akpanudoudehe, said the new PDP National Chairman would not be different from his predecessor, who failed as chairmen.

Ayu, during his inaugural speech on Friday, said that the ruling party had failed the nation, quipping that they should be ready to handover to PDP in 2023.

However, APC in response said Ayu should have been more concerned with his party making reinstitution rather than winning elections.

Akpanudoudehe said: “The newly-inaugurated leadership of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have shown early signs that it is not different from the immediate-past and sacked leadership of the failed opposition party.

“Going by the utterances and direction of the new PDP leadership, any hope of a refocused opposition party expected to atone for misdeeds on the country when it was in government for 16 years and as a failed opposition party following PDP’s sack in 2015 have now been quickly dashed.

“Clearly, the PDP’s sole intent is power grabbing by any means, ignoring the need for genuine restitution, return of stolen public funds and assets still in possession of politically exposed persons during its 16-year administration and ultimately providing a truly viable and credible opposition our democracy needs to thrive.

“The PDP’s new leadership must prove to Nigerians that it is willing and ready to discard its penchant for impunity by submitting to the new democratic environment entrenched by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led APC government where votes count and the will of the people prevails in all electoral contests.

“This is the task before the new Senator Iyorchia Ayu-led PDP. Not empty and tired rhetorics of 2023 handover notes.”

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