Former Senate President, David Mark has explained why the Peoples Democratic Party was defeated in the 2015 general elections.
He attributed the reason for the defeat to imposition of candidates.
According to his spokesperson, Paul Mumeh, he spoke on Monday in Otukpo, his Benue State country home, where he held a meeting with PDP faithful.
Speaking ahead of the party’s congresses and convention, Mark “canvassed strongly for the repositioning of the Party (PDP) if it must return to power in the next general election.”
“We must come to terms with reality that PDP lost the last general election because of over bearing tendencies of some leaders who imposed candidates on the people.
“It is inevitable that we must change from the old ways and allow the will of the people prevail. Unfolding events clearly show that the PDP is the party for the people. But we must not take them for granted by forcing unpopular candidates on the people.
“The coast is clear that the PDP has the road map for peace, unity and development of Nigeria. Nigerians now know the difference,” he said.
Mark, therefore, counselled that popular candidates be put forward to “drive the ship of the party ahead of the next general elections.”
He stressed that the PDP had bright chances of returning to power if all party faithful agreed to work together in one accord.
To achieve such, he stated that people must learn to sacrifice their individual or personal interest for the larger interests.
Mr Babatunde Fashola, the Minister of Power, Works, and Housing, has stated that the Federal Government lost N7.7 billion from 2014 to 2016 due to strikes by government workers.
National Chairman of the All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA, Chief Victor Oye, has called on Ndigbo to embrace the party, stressing that APGA remains the only hope for the political emancipation of Ndigbo in Nigeria.
The Presidency on Wednesday denied rumours that personnel of the Directorate of State Security Service (DSS) have been expelled from the Presidential Villa.
A release issued by the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President, Mr Femi Adesina, said the rumours were unfounded.
``President Muhammadu Buhari has given no such order,’’ the release said.
It, however, noted that it was true that a reorganisation of security at the Presidential Villa was underway.
The release added that the exercise, which involved the realignment of personnel from various services, did not translate to the expulsion of DSS personnel from the villa.
``The changes being made are routine adjustments which are not unexpected in any dynamic environment from time to time,’’ the release said.(NAN)