The National chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Uche Secondus has expressed optimism that his party will emerge victorious in the 2023 general elections.
Secondus also revealed why the PDP has lost 3 governors to the APC in the last one year. He explained that the governors were intimidated into joining the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.
He stated this while reacting to the defection of Gov. Bello Matawalle of Zamfara to APC in Abuja.
“The APC is going after our governors, while we are going after the masses of the country. The governors have one vote, but we are after the people, the masses, the people.
“The masses are solidly behind us. The masses are for the PDP and we stand here to state clearly that we shall form this new government come 2023 because of the masses and not because of the governors,” he said.
Secondus disclosed that most of the governors left the PDP for fear of intimidation.
“From all indications, Matawalle has lost memory of how he came to become the governor of Zamfara. Matawalle needs to be reminded that no law allows him to cross over to any other party with the statutory mandate given to PDP through the ballot box.”
“As already established, the provisions of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) and the standing judgment of the Supreme Court is unambiguous on who owns the mandate. A combined reading of Section 221 of the 1999 Constitution as the pronouncements of the Supreme Court in Faleke v. INEC (2016) is clear.”
“It is clear in holding that it is the political party that stands for election, that votes scored in election belong to the political party and that the candidate nominated to contest at an election by his party, acts only as the agent of his party.”