2023: Ailing PDP hallucinating on ‘Third Force’ – APC

By Jide Orintunsin, Abuja

The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has said the “Third Force” theory of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was a hallucination.

APC Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Yekini Nabena, in a statement in Abuja on Monday while reacting to PDP’s comment of impending defection of some aggrieved APC members to form “Third Force”, said that the membership of governing party “is intact”.

The terse statement reads: “As the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) runs from pillar to post to stop the current gale of defections from the opposition party, the PDP is already hallucinating on a political ‘third force’ ahead of the 2023 general elections. Pitiful!

“They are looking at coming to PDP and breaking the party by taking members of the PDP to create a new political party” The PDP spokesperson, Kola Ologbodiyan expressed fears and comical conspiracies while speaking on television on Monday.

“While the PDP’s panic is understandable, it is wrongly expressed. For us in the APC, our membership is intact. There is no new political party being created to form a political ‘third force’ ahead of 2023. Put correctly, the gale of defection from the PDP is to the APC as widely reported. And a lot more are expected in the coming months.

“This is to the credit of President Muhammadu Buhari as leader of the APC and the Governor Mai Mala Buni-led APC Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) which is repositioning the APC by creating a truly progressive, participatory, inclusive and accommodating political environment.

“At least the PDP is beginning to realise that it has shockingly failed as an opposition party as shown by its rudderless leadership and the resultant gale of defections. We reiterate our call to all progressives in the PDP to dump that sinking ship and join the APC in rebuilding Nigeria.”