by Lateef Ibrahim?

The national leadership of the People?s Democratic Party (PDP), has described former President Olusegun Obasanjo?s endorsement of the presidential candidate of the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC), General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), for the March 28, 2015, presidential election as a very big surprise.

The National Chairman of the PDP, Alhaji Adamu Muazu, who said this on Thursday in Abuja, also expressed surprise that Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, who has been in and out of jail houses because of his opposition to military dictatorship, is also singing the change anthem of the APC.

Muazu, however expressed the firm optimism that PDP will emerge victorious at the general elections billed for March 28 and April 11 this year.

The PDP National Chairman, in a statement titled, ?The APC propaganda has lost steam, PDP must seize chance to win again?, charged all members of the PDP at all levels to, in the next five weeks to the March 28th, 2015, Presidential Election, gird their loins and tighten all loose ends.

In Muazu?s words: ?The biggest surprise is the endorsement of the opposition by our own former leader and former president, whom we supported for eight years and who wanted more years to continue the leadership of Nigeria and which we refused in order not to kill our constitution. Now, he is a fanatic of change?.

Continuing, he said, ?Our famous Nobel laureate, who has been in and out of jail houses because of his opposition to military dictatorship is also singing the change anthem. His best friend and townsman, the greatest musician this country has ever produced must be shaking in his grave to learn what his friend has done?, he said.

Muazu, while assuring all PDP faithful that victory is in sight, said, ?and we must pursue it with vigour until the last vote is counted; the freest and fairest election result is announced and we are victorious?.

According to the statement by Muazu, ?All Peoples Democratic Party members at all levels from ward, local government, state and federal, must in the next five weeks to the March 28th 2015 Presidential Elections, gird their loins, tighten all loose ends as we face a titanic battle to ensure that we win a historic fourth presidential election victory, control the National Assembly and produce more governors on April 11, 2015.

?We are on the threshold of winning the 2015 general elections because our opponents have been disoriented, their consistent fabrication of lies to win the votes of Nigerians has been exposed and their change mantra has lost steam.

?There is no sector in Nigeria that has not witnessed tremendous transformation and change under the PDP government.

?The seed sown by the Jonathan administration in the area of education has hit the most desired part of the country with the establishment of the Almajiri schools which has already revolutionized education in the north of Nigeria.

?The establishment of nine new universities in the area means that those youngsters will continue with University education when they graduate to that level.

?The opposition has tried to belittle this massive transformation with their high decibel of noise that it was nothing to write home about, but the truth is that those young lives have never had it so good. Their totally transformed lives are bound to become the cornerstone of the new Nigeria we are building in the next four years and beyond.

?The APC?s sickening shouts of CHANGE has lost steam and they have nothing else to shout about and this is the best time to put them where they belong, in the dumps of defeat at the Opposition benches across the country.

?The greatest gift our party is offering to Nigeria is freedom. Under President Jonathan, you are free to say what you want to say, do what you want to do provided it is lawful.

?Under the Opposition APC, you will be watched, trailed and sorted out if you oppose them as you are freely opposing the present incumbent. The Internet is awash with evidence of abuse of President Jonathan and PDP leaders. If you think it can continue if the Opposition is in charge, wait and see.

?The lies being laundered by the APC about the PDP administration has, in fact, yielded one dividend that has done the PDP one good turn. It has brought the best in us. It has ?shined? our eyes and we are now ready for whatever they bring to the table. Defeat is theirs and Victory is ours. No shaking, my people?, he said.


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