Defections: PDP Lauds Muazu's Leadership Qualities

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SAN FRANCISCO, February 18, (THEWILL) - The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has attributed the current surge of defections and the  return of very influential Nigerians from the opposition  to the PDP, to the sterling leadership qualities of its new National Chairman,  Alhaji Ahmed Adamu Muazu, a development the party also said was an eloquent expression of the confidence Nigerians reposed in the PDP, as the only sure vehicle for the sustenance of democracy.

The party's National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, said in a statement Tuesday, that the in-built capacity for self recovery, a  founding factor of resilience, which clearly separates the PDP from other political parties in Nigeria has been successfully honed and tapped into by an astute leadership leading to the current roaring of a once challenged political behemoth.

"The opposition which neglected this and which out of shock has been explaining this new  development in the  negative,  is clearly reacting to save a thoroughly bruised ego and instinct, where a premature celebration of imaginary victory of the APC has been cut short.

"Nigerians will recall that while being sworn-in, Alhaji Muazu pledged his determined effort and total commitment to breaking all barriers to peace and cohesion so as to  halt the dwindling fortunes of the PDP.

He has pursued this with vigour, sincerity and open heart and the result is manifest," said the statement.

The statement further said the PDP was not surprised the APC membership registration fell far below the mouthful claims  and media hype with which the exercise was  orchestrated,  as Nigerians refused to be trapped, adding it was a sign post to the  bitter fate awaiting  the party in the 2015 general elections.

"The fact is that Nigerians realised early enough that the APC is a rudderless ship captained by political rabble rousers, in a mal-voyage for the Bermuda.

They have realised that the APC is an inoperable coalition of strange bed fellows whose buoyant pedigree in tribalism and bigotry will navigate the unity and the oneness of our people to the rocks, "  the statement said.

Stating that the APC is now faced with the reality of its hollowness, the ruling party said the opposition party displayed political immaturity in handling its fantasised majority in the National Assembly and the  presumed control of   Sokoto, Kano, Nasarawa, Kwara and Imo States where the people have now rejected them.

The ruling party therefore urged all Nigerians  who were either deceived or forced into the APC,  to ignore the blackmail by its leadership, feel free to exercise  their fundamental rights and liberate themselves.

Positing that its membership strength will continue to soar, the PDP assured that its doors were still open to all those willing to join the fold of "the only party committed to the  interest of the people, providing equal opportunities  for all Nigerians to pursue and realise their political aspirations.