… says it’s about time PDP connects with the people to save Nigeria
A former Deputy Governor of Ekiti State and a major stakeholder in the People’s Democratic Party, Prof. Kolapo Olusola Eleka, has advised elected leaders under the PDP to connect with Nigerians to challenge the shortcomings of the All Progressive Congress, adding that the 2023 general election will be decided by the masses irrespective of the gale of defection.
Professor Olusola Eleka, who is one of the prominent aspirants in the coming governorship election in Ekiti in 2022, faulted the recent defection of some governors and National Assembly members into the All Progressive Congress, which he described as inimical to the party that gave them the mandate abinitio.
He said: “It is unfortunate that since the coming to power of the ruling party in Nigeria, the country has been moving from one deplorable situation to another. The economy has been on collapse, infrastructures only improve on the pages of newspapers with nothing to show for it.”
Eleka made this known through his Media Aide, Mr Adeola Adebisi, on Friday at a briefing with journalists in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital
“Nigeria is presently in a period where the masses will take their destinies into their hands without much preference to political affiliations. Bandit invasion of secondary schools, kidnapping of innocent Nigerians and killings and other vices are now a common phenomenon in Nigeria under the APC federal government.
“Before the coming of this APC administration, it was easy for farmers to go to their farms without being killed or maimed, students attended classes without fear of being kidnapped or killed by so-called bandits. But what we have today is the complete opposite of what we used to experience. From the northern part of the country to the south, the story is the same.
“Despite the unfortunate situation that the APC has plunged the nation into, it is unfortunate that some people are more concerned about their interests by defecting to the party, even at a time Nigerians are looking up to them for direction.
“While I am not against the right of people to exercise their democratic right of association, I find it faulty that the defectors into APC are citing their interest as motivation for defection and not service delivery, which should be the motivation.”
Eleka further maintained that Nigerians have rejected the ruling party in Nigeria and Ekiti, adding that the various agitations, including the famous EndSARS protests and those of secessionist groups, are all testaments to the lack of will to bring Nigerians together and to provide dividend of democracy by President Buhari.
He said: “I do not doubt that APC will be defeated in 2023 poll across Nigeria. Before then, they will be defeated in Anambra, Ekiti and Osun states gubernatorial elections scheduled for November 2021 and 2022 respectively.
“It is a shame and disgrace for any political leader to abandon the PDP, which Nigerians are looking up to for redemption, at this time.”