While speaking in Ondo State late last week, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu said that the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) is a dead party in Ondo State. The national leader of the All Progresives Congress (APC) made the statement in rally organised for Rotimi Akeredolu, who is also the candidate of the APC in the forthcoming Ondo State election.
Tinubu said that as a dead party, the PDP couldn’t challenge the APC and that it would be easier for the APC to win the Governorship election.
The former governor of Lagos State said, “You don’t fight the PDP. There is no point to fight a corpse inside the coffin, just settle down and calmly nail their coffin.” After the statement, he urged the people of the state to vote massively for the APC candidate, Rotimi Akeredolu.
But the national leader of the APC seems not to know some things before making that statement openly and it only shows that Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu didn’t do his calculation and analysis very well before coming out to make a statement like that.
In the 2019 general elections, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) did beautifully well even with the current governor in power. In the presidential election, the PDP and its candidate Atiku Abubakar defeated the APC and its candidate Muhammadu Buhari. It was a surprising result because all odds favoured the APC in Ondo State.
Furthermore, in the Senatorial District Elections, it was a very good day for the PDP. The party won two out of the three seats from Ondo State comfortably. Mr. Ikengboju Gboluga defeated the APC candidate in the Ondo South Senatorial District while Mr. Ayo Akinyelure also clinched victory with the PDP flag in Ondo Central Senatorial District.
It means out of four competitions, the PDP won in three. A dead political party couldn’t have done that. It is relatively impossible.
Perhaps Bola Ahmed Tinubu has forgotten the 2019 general elections results. He needs to remember and see whether the PDP is actually dead or alive.
The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) remains a very strong and formidable party in Ondo State and it is risky to underrate the capability of the political party.