The newly elected National Chairman-Elect Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Iyorchia Ayu has advised members of the opposition party to its house in order.
According to him, the opposition party must not rely on past glory to dislodge the All Progressives Congress (APC).
According to him, for them to win in 2023 they must demonstrate to Nigerians that it could run a better government, Ayu said.
“Nigerians are not going to vote for us just because we had done well before. People do not vote for the past but for the present and the future,” He said.
He gave the warning at a two-day PDP National Retreat 2021 with the theme: “It’s time to rescue Nigeria” in Abuja.
He noted that Nigerians would not vote for the party simply because it had done it before, but must demonstrate that it could do it better than the ruling APC.
He added that no other party in Nigeria was better equipped and placed to rescue and rebuild the country than the PDP, which he noted, did it before.
He explained how PDP took over power from military rule in Nigeria and within short years under former President Olusegun Obasanjo administration reversed the collapsed economic.
“Many of our citizens in the diaspora returned and set up businesses here or contributed in other ways.
“Foreign investors trooped in. Abuja and other cities transformed from sites of abandoned projects to thriving construction sites and livable cities.
“Do we remember what our telephone system was like before the PDP government gave us GSM,?” Ayu said.
He said that while PDP could do that again, it had to do the first things first.
“Nigerians are not going to vote for us just because we had done well before. People do not vote for the past but for the present and the future.
“We have to demonstrate that we can do better than the current APC government. But we must start by putting our own house in order.
“We are a big tent, indeed a big umbrella. Yes, within the party we have different tendencies, worldviews and experiences.
“But, our overriding interest should be Nigeria; to bring it back from the brink; to make it better; to present Nigeria to the world again as a country of serious, competent and committed people. When we rebuild it we will all benefit,” Ayu said.
The chairman-elect added: “We have to enthrone internal democracy in our party and get accustomed to it.
“Let us collectively rebuild PDP as a peoples’ democratic party, as our name says, a party that truly belongs to the grassroots. Let us put behind us the quarrels of yesteryears.”
He urged the party leaders and members to direct their energies towards reclaiming power from the APC and implementing a programme of rebirth, growth and opportunity for the country