PDP woos Okorocha as ex-gov lampoons APC, plans party

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The Senator representing West and former governor of State, Chief Rochas Okorocha, on Monday took a swipe at the All Progressives , saying the party hurriedly formed to hijack power the Peoples Democratic Party in 2015.

Okorocha, in an interview with in Abuja, said he and other progressive-minded politicians were perfecting a plan to form a new political movement.

But the PDP appealed to the former governor to return to the opposition party instead of making the mistake he made in 2014.

According to Okorocha, the body language of the Nigerians, is obvious that they are not satisfied with what is on ground in Nigeria.

The Senator is a founding member of the APC, last week inaugurated a project of the State Government on the invitation of the , .

At the event, he called on the good people in the APC and the PDP to come together and rescue Nigeria in 2023.

On Monday he said there urgent need for the regrouping of the ‘good politicians’ to restore public confidence in and save the country.

“The movement for a new Nigeria has begun and we must come together, I mean progressive Nigerians to make the country work”, Okorocha said.

Asked if the promise of the new political movement for a new Nigeria would not be similar to that of the APC in 2015, he stated that the APC hurriedly formed to take power the PDP without much emphasis on the character of those championing the course.

The ex-governor said, “The APC was a hurried arrangement. was hurriedly formed to take power when the then government was drifting. The APC would have been better until people were not members of the party; people came for congratulatory messages, hijacked the party and became lords.”

In its reaction, the PDP was not in the least worried by the plan by Okorocha and a few of his friends to form a new political party.

National Publicity Secretary of the party, Kola Ologbondiyan, in a telephone interview with one of our correspondents, in Abuja, on Monda, explained that the PDP was glad that more Nigerians especially people like the former had seen the deceit the APC represented.

Ologbondiyan said, “Our advice to people like Okorocha is for him to avoid making the same mistake twice, any party hurriedly put together like the APC because elections are bound to fall into the same errors.

“He should rather come over to the PDP, a very structured party with a pedigree of performance. We’ve made a few mistakes in the past and we’ve learnt them. Nigerians now know the difference between a properly structured political party which has interest at heart and an association of angry only came together to grab power for power sake.”

When contacted, the National Secretary of the Caretaker/ Extra-Ordinary Convention Planning Committee of the APC, Senator John AkpanUdoedeghe, declined comments on Okorocha’s pronouncement on to float a new party.