A founding member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Tonye Graham Douglas has warned the ruling party against under-rating the capabilities of the newly formed political group, the All Progressives Congress (APC) ahead of the 2015 general elections.
Graham-Douglas, who gave the warning while speaking to journalists at his residence in Port Harcourt yesterday, however, said it would be a herculean task for the APC or any other political party to beat the ruling PDP in the 2015 presidential election.
He said; “I do not take my opponents for granted. The PDP will be short-sighted if it underrates the merger. As a PDP stalwart, I know that it would be herculean for the merger to beat PDP in 2015. I have no doubt that PDP will come together and win in 2015.”Although the PDP chieftain stated that APC will not make any mark in the current political dispensation or in the future considering the fact that those behind the merger were personalities with un-identical political image.
“They have to do election, they have to choose a presidential candidate, they have to elect national officers, they have to choose regional officers, and they have to know the expenditure pattern and contribution of wealth. Presently, fine, one or two people are barons with a lot of money. He who plays the piper dictates the tune. When you look at these variables, you will agree with me that they cannot work together. They have not tested the test of time.”
APC, which is yet to be registered by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), is an alliance of Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP), the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) and a faction of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).