Abia - A federal lawmaker, Chief Arua Arunsi (PDP-Abia), has said that the emergence of the All Progressives Congress (APC) will help to put the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in check.
Speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) at his Nkporo country home in Ohafia Local Government Area of Abia, Arunsi said that ‘’God allowed APC to emerge.
"This is God’s work; nobody did it and I want Nigerians to celebrate it because it is good for our democracy.
"I love the emergence of APC and I say it anywhere, although I am a staunch member of the PDP and I’m not ready to leave the party."
He noted that the formation of the party had created a viable alternative for politicians and that it would help to strengthen the nation’s democracy.
According to him, for prominent leaders and former chairmen of some political parties to relinquish their exalted positions to form APC was God’s design to help this country.
He noted that the PDP had become "too powerful," describing some of its actions, especially in the nomination of candidates for elective positions, as undemocratic.
"The utterances by some members of the party that PDP will rule Nigeria for 100 years portrays the party as being too powerful," he said.
Arunsi claimed to have been victimised when he lost the PDP ticket to run for the House of Representatives in 2003.
He described the present ripples in the House of Representatives over the defection of some PDP members to APC as a good omen.
The lawmaker noted that the development would engender good governance as well as promote transparency and good leadership in the PDP.
The lawmaker said that Nigeria needed two strong political parties which could provide the necessary checks and balances in the polity.
He noted that with the presence of APC, candidates for elective posts in PDP would now have to work and earn their tickets.
‘’It will no longer be by selection or a situation where tickets are given to anybody, whether the person is popular and acceptable by his people or not.
"I thank God that this has changed, candidates will now be chosen based on performance and not because one has money to throw about, Arunsi said.