The newly elected National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Senator Iyorchia Ayu, has expressed confidence that the opposition party will win the 2023 presidential election.
Speaking after his emergence as the PDP chairman, Ayu said the opposition party is back to rescue Nigeria from the “terrible mess” the All Progressives Congress has pushed the country into.
He added that Nigerians will see a “mammoth crowd” defecting to the party in the coming days, adding that the PDP remained the only party in the country.
Ayu described the APC as a “contraption” that has deceived Nigerians for more than six years, saying that the PDP will no longer sit back and watch the country collapse.
He said: “PDP is back to rescue Nigeria from the terrible mess we have been in the last six years.
“Many people imagine that this convention will lead to the break up for the PDP. They were dreaming in a wonderland. Their dreams were misplaced.
“Those who have lost hope should know that Nigeria is not a divided country. A small group of people decided to divide Nigeria. PDP will come back, unite our people, put them together, North and South, East and West.
“We will move ahead to develop this country. We did it before. We are going to do it again.
“I believe the other party can never hold a convention. Even they cannot hold State Congress. They have produced 92 state chairmen for 36 states. How can they hold a successful convention which the PDP has done? We are waiting for them. This is a challenge to them. This is a quit notice. PDP is back and is taking back the country to develop it.”
He added: “I want to sincerely appreciate the PDP family. Today is simply a “thank you“ address. When we started this party 23 years ago, we never in any way imagined that the journey would get us to this stage.
“A stage where we ruled for 16 years, we went into rough times, but for anybody who bothers to see, PDP is back.
“I want to appreciate all of you who have taken time as delegates as observers, as supporters, as members of the media as members of the security services who have made this event such a wonderful event.
“Many people imagine that this convention will lead to the break up of PDP. Those people who are dreaming like that, their dreams were misplaced.
“Those who have lost hope should know that Nigeria is not a divided country. A small group of people decided to divide Nigeria.
“PDP will come back to unite our people, put them together, north and south, east and west.
“We will move ahead to develop this country. We did it before. We are going to do it again. I want to thank the governors.”