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Party chieftain optimistic of PDP victory in 2015

12 January 2014, 16:50

Sokoto - Nigeria's Ambassador to Morocco, Sen. Abdallah Wali, says the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will win the 2015 general election in spite of the current challenges facing it.

Wali told newsmen on Sunday in Sokoto that the current challenges facing the party were “normal and not unexpected.”

According to him, it will be impossible for the party to lose its present control of most states in the country and three quarters of local government councils where it has solid structures.

“We do not see the challenges as capable of stopping the PDP from winning the 2015 general elections at all levels.”

“To us, the challenges are good signs for democracy,” Wali said.

The envoy said that the party must, however, work harder to convince Nigerians on its outstanding performances since 1999.

“This is for Nigerians to see what the party has been able to do in the last 14 years,” he said.

The envoy said that the primary responsibility of government is to provide good governance, adding that positive criticisms would spur any administration to make amends.

Wali said that criticisms should therefore be made to engender change and not merely to discredit the government or the political party in office.

On election, the envoy believed that the forth coming general elections would be different, especially in the “general attitude of Nigerians to elections”.

“We look forward to a situation where ordinary Nigerians, particularly political parties and politicians would be convinced that aspiring for public office is to serve.”

“So that in the process of aspiring, you cannot undermine the system and the processes,” he said.

The envoy called for improvement in the conduct of elections in the country, so that other African countries would emulate the nation’s political process.

-     NAN

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