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2019: PDP Resolves To Change Name After String Of Governorship Losses - This Day by BeeBeeOoh(m): 6:39am On Jul 22, 2018
Ekweremadu heads committee on new designation, announcement expected Sunday

Atiku declares for president, says APC has failed Nigerians


Olawale Olaleye in Lagos and Daji Sani in Yola

In a move widely believed to be pre-emptive and designed to prevent the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) from exploiting issues from the recent political realignments in the country, the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), has finally resolved to change its name ahead of the 2019 general election. THISDAY learnt that PDP, which planned to announce the decision to change its name today, had also pencilled in Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu as the one to head a committee that would walk the party through the procedure.


That was as former Vice President Atiku Abubakar said Saturday in Yola that the federal government led by the APC had failed Nigerians and the people were yearning for change. Atiku stated this at Ribadu Square, in the capital of his home state of Adamawa, at a rally where he formally declared his intention to contest next year’s presidential election on the platform of PDP. He decried the killings in different parts of the country and blamed the APC for visiting insecurity, tragedy, division, and economic misery upon the citizens.
Atiku promised to restore national unity, security of life and property, and economic prosperity if elected president.

THISDAY gathered last night that the decision by the PDP to change its name might have stemmed from last Thursday’s meeting between President Muhammadu Buhari and Senate President Bukola Saraki. Though, details of their discussion were not made public, many in PDP believed that with such sessions, the chances of bringing Saraki back to the PDP could be hampered.

The opposition party had long mooted the idea of name change, but had slowed down on the decision because a majority of its members were not disposed to it, and those who wanted it could not convince the others.

Besides, it was thought that even though the party had switched positions and had become an opposition party, PDP was still the only party with membership in the remotest parts of the country, and the name resonated with a majority of its members and admirers, particularly among the teeming illiterate populations.

But this very thinking had since changed, especially with the prevalent narrative of the ruling party, which is always attacking the PDP as a corrupt party. PDP believes the corruption allegation is the main defence APC has found to justify its continued stay in office, despite widespread belief that it has mismanaged the affairs of the country.

Leaders of the opposition party are, therefore, of the opinion that since the ruling APC may be unable to campaign with a good record on economy and security, the only thing it has going for it is the attempt to de-market the opposition by constantly alluding to corruption allegations. However, once the name changes, leaders of the party reckon, PDP would naturally die with the corruption tag and the engagement would shift to issues-based debate. Many PDP members feel that APC would be unable to sustain such a debate owing to its poor performance in the last three years.

It is also believed that in the run up to 2019, PDP has gained many sympathisers, some of who are, however, uncomfortable with the name because of the baggage that comes with it. The party’s leaders are, therefore, of the view that with the old name gone, PDP’s sympathisers would not only openly identify with it, but most of them would also attract more members, thus putting it in a position of advantage to effectively take on APC in the next election.

Therefore, the assignment before the Ekweremadu committee would be to come up with a name that best suits the party, considering the short time between now and 2019, and also not forgetting that such a name must be easily recalled by illiterate citizens.
Meanwhile, Atiku was well received at his declaration ceremony in Yola, which took place in a carnival-like atmosphere.

“Fellow Nigerians, the government of APC has failed, it has failed to unite Nigerians,” Atiku told a capacity crowd of jubilant supporters and party leaders, which included PDP National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, and other members of the party’s National Working Committee as well as leaders from the six geo-political zones of the country. “Today we are more divided than in any other time in the history of this country.”

He said the APC government had failed to rescue Nigeria from destruction, “Rather, it has destroyed the economy, security, and ensured more poverty and starvation in the land.”

Atiku stressed, “The APC promised us three million new jobs a year. In government, the APC has lost three million jobs a year.

“The APC promised us peace and unity. Under the APC, Nigeria is now more divided and acrimonious than at any time since the civil war.”

The former vice president said, “Nigeria’s major problem is insecurity. More people are killed in Nigeria than people in Afghanistan because Nigerians are no longer secure in their country due to the insensitiveness of the current leadership of the APC.”

According to Atiku, “The APC government has destroyed our economy. They took over an economy with a growth of seven per cent and brought it down to less than two per cent. Today, we are witnessing the most insecure situation in Nigeria ever since APC took over.”

He said, “Today, we have the highest unemployment rate in this country. More than 10 million of our people have been made unemployed under the watch of the APC administration.”

Atiku said he would work with other compatriots in the PDP to secure the party’s nomination for the presidential election. He explained that rebuilding the economy and reuniting the country will be his major priorities if elected president.
“What the PDP is going to do is to restore our economy, restore hope of a greater Nigeria and ensure that we have security of lives and property.

“I, therefore, appeal to all of you wherever you may be that it is time to now re-embrace the party that has given us unity, prosperity and security in this country,” he stated.

Atiku, who returned to PDP from APC last year, said PDP maintained an “unequalled record of growing our economy for the benefit of all.”
He vowed to reclaim the state for PDP, saying, “l took this state to the PDP, today, l have come to reclaim what belongs to PDP.”

He said he was overwhelmed by the reception by his people and their support for his ambition, recalling similar events in 1998, when was received by mammoth crowds of supporters before the 1999 election, when he was running mate to former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

In his own comments, Senator Ben Bruce, who spoke on behalf of other senators, said, “The turnout is one of a kind. Never been anything like this. Indeed, power is returning to the people, let’s join hands to get Nigeria working.”
Bruce said the country needed a detribalised leader like Atiku.

“We cannot continue to live in a country where people are being killed every day. We need someone who can salvage and move the country forward like Atiku. We need to keep hope alive. With people like Atiku, we have hope.”

The event, which had in attendance about 400 Atiku support groups from across the country, also witnessed the defection of people from APC and other parties to PDP. Secondus and chairman of PDP in Adamawa State, Barrister Tahir Shehu, received the new defectors, which included commissioners in the incumbent government of the APC in the state under Governor Mohammed Jibrilla Bindow, Assembly members representing Lamurde , Michika , Leko-Coma state constituencies, and Guyuk local council boss and all his councillors.

THISDAY spotted two commissioners sitting among the dignitaries – the Commissioner for Land and Survey, Hon. Maigiyawa Yayaji, and Commissioner for Commerce, Alhaji Umar Daware. The two men were recently reported to have resigned from Bindow’s cabinet, as confirmed by the state secretary of the PDP, Abdullahi Peramb.

https://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2018/07/22/after-a-string-of-governorship-losses-pdp-resolves-to-change-name/amp/

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Re: 2019: PDP Resolves To Change Name After String Of Governorship Losses - This Day by MANNABBQGRILLS: 6:40am On Jul 22, 2018
We need someone who can salvage and move the country forward like Atiku. We need to keep hope alive. With people like Atiku, we have hope.”

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After loses upon loses, they are now disillusioned!

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Re: 2019: PDP Resolves To Change Name After String Of Governorship Losses - This Day by Homeboiy: 6:41am On Jul 22, 2018
I don't care

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Re: 2019: PDP Resolves To Change Name After String Of Governorship Losses - This Day by Blakjewelry(m): 6:42am On Jul 22, 2018
name change won't be enough

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Re: 2019: PDP Resolves To Change Name After String Of Governorship Losses - This Day by Atiku2019: 6:43am On Jul 22, 2018
cool
Re: 2019: PDP Resolves To Change Name After String Of Governorship Losses - This Day by FromMBello(m): 6:45am On Jul 22, 2018
Confused party

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Re: 2019: PDP Resolves To Change Name After String Of Governorship Losses - This Day by rusep: 6:48am On Jul 22, 2018
They are confused, that is the effect of defeat

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Re: 2019: PDP Resolves To Change Name After String Of Governorship Losses - This Day by kosewu: 6:51am On Jul 22, 2018
Why the change of when there is an existing coalition. Confused party.

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Re: 2019: PDP Resolves To Change Name After String Of Governorship Losses - This Day by aolawale025: 6:52am On Jul 22, 2018
Better not to change party name so close to elections

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Re: 2019: PDP Resolves To Change Name After String Of Governorship Losses - This Day by Nobody: 6:54am On Jul 22, 2018
Lol, part my of losers.
Another thieving style loading.

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Re: 2019: PDP Resolves To Change Name After String Of Governorship Losses - This Day by yeyeboi(m): 6:55am On Jul 22, 2018
Ok
Re: 2019: PDP Resolves To Change Name After String Of Governorship Losses - This Day by Austema(m): 6:55am On Jul 22, 2018
APC at work

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Re: 2019: PDP Resolves To Change Name After String Of Governorship Losses - This Day by Vanpascore(m): 6:56am On Jul 22, 2018
There was a party

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Re: 2019: PDP Resolves To Change Name After String Of Governorship Losses - This Day by jojomario(m): 6:57am On Jul 22, 2018
This decission will only be giving APC more strength.

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Re: 2019: PDP Resolves To Change Name After String Of Governorship Losses - This Day by FriendsOPdotcom: 6:57am On Jul 22, 2018
Very bad decision I think !!!!!!, But at the end of the day sef, watever happens, whoever wins, government go still dey misbehave..
Naija weak me abeg..



FriendsOp

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Re: 2019: PDP Resolves To Change Name After String Of Governorship Losses - This Day by ajimotoke(m): 6:58am On Jul 22, 2018
change name? ok, we are watching

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Re: 2019: PDP Resolves To Change Name After String Of Governorship Losses - This Day by Charly68: 6:58am On Jul 22, 2018
Blakjewelry:
name change won't be enough
Very much on point ,it is character change that Nigerians desire..

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Re: 2019: PDP Resolves To Change Name After String Of Governorship Losses - This Day by SadiqBabaSani: 6:59am On Jul 22, 2018
This BBQ man abi woman is everywhere Zombi work is
Re: 2019: PDP Resolves To Change Name After String Of Governorship Losses - This Day by Austema(m): 6:59am On Jul 22, 2018
aolawale025:
Better not to change party name so close to elections
it shows that they are confuse

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Re: 2019: PDP Resolves To Change Name After String Of Governorship Losses - This Day by yungdynho(m): 7:00am On Jul 22, 2018
Attitudinal change should be considered also.
Re: 2019: PDP Resolves To Change Name After String Of Governorship Losses - This Day by Obas101(m): 7:00am On Jul 22, 2018
You see how this people want to continue with poor management. They don't care about the masses. Rather than change party name why not change the people in it. So you want to use the name change to cover your poor practices. I weep for my country. Progress is still far in sight

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Re: 2019: PDP Resolves To Change Name After String Of Governorship Losses - This Day by GOFRONT(m): 7:02am On Jul 22, 2018
grin

Anything just to be able to get intouch with our money.....If u know, u know angry

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Re: 2019: PDP Resolves To Change Name After String Of Governorship Losses - This Day by rinzaugustine: 7:02am On Jul 22, 2018
Nigerian politicians are comedians..the part i find funny is the part they said they want a name the illiterate citizens can pronounce easily Lol

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Re: 2019: PDP Resolves To Change Name After String Of Governorship Losses - This Day by Sharpshooota: 7:03am On Jul 22, 2018
It's time for re-branding....


The Fulani herdsmen party powered by the Yoruba Muslims must crash IJN

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Re: 2019: PDP Resolves To Change Name After String Of Governorship Losses - This Day by Minjim: 7:03am On Jul 22, 2018
You can change ur name - even ur logo

But you can't change the past and certainly that won't change Nigerians perspectives.
Go and ask NEPA that changed to PHCN and later Disco

As long all you ppl care about is winning elections to continue stealing, we'll always reflect on that before voting

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Re: 2019: PDP Resolves To Change Name After String Of Governorship Losses - This Day by messajer: 7:04am On Jul 22, 2018
[quote author=jojomario post=69596804]This decission will only be giving APC more strength.[/quote In what way
Re: 2019: PDP Resolves To Change Name After String Of Governorship Losses - This Day by ExAngel007(f): 7:07am On Jul 22, 2018
losers
Re: 2019: PDP Resolves To Change Name After String Of Governorship Losses - This Day by Lumig: 7:07am On Jul 22, 2018
I now understand what defeats can do to a person's thoughts and rationality, it's not the container that is really the problem this time around but the CONTENT of the CONTAINER. Until PDP stops supporting thieves and looters, they will never recover from....

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Re: 2019: PDP Resolves To Change Name After String Of Governorship Losses - This Day by Hotzone(m): 7:08am On Jul 22, 2018
Dog remains DOG!

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Re: 2019: PDP Resolves To Change Name After String Of Governorship Losses - This Day by Praktikals(m): 7:08am On Jul 22, 2018
Poverty Development Party

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