Osogbo - The PDP in Osun has congratulated members of the newly-registered All Progressives Congress (APC), saying however, that the new party posed no threat to the ruling PDP.
The Director of Publicity, Media and Strategy of the PDP in Osun, Diran Odeyemi, made the declaration in Osogbo on Friday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
INEC on Wednesday registered the APC as a political party.
Odeyemi said that the registration of the APC as a party was in line with democratic norms noting, however, that the PDP had already been a strong party with large followership.
According to him, the combination of all the parties under the umbrella of APC cannot be a threat to the continued existence of the PDP, which he said, had established itself firmly over the years.
He argued that in spite of the alliance formed by political parties, resulting to the APC, the PDP would continue to have larger number of followers than any other party in the country.
“Contrary to the notion that the registration of APC would instil fear in the PDP, we are not afraid at all.
"There is no reason to nurse any fear. We remain a formidable party.”
Odeyemi advised the APC leadership to work harder to prove its worth, rather than boasting, adding that no matter the efforts of the new party, it would queue behind the PDP.
However, at a rally held in Osogbo on Thursday by members of the APC, various speakers said the fear of losing future elections had gripped the PDP.
Gov. Rauf Aregbesola, who was represented by his Deputy, Mrs Titi Laoye-Tomori, said that PDP was no more a threat with the registration of the APC.
Aregbesola advised members of the PDP to join the APC if they wanted to be relevant, rather trading words with the party.