The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is increasing efforts to reclaim power from the All Progressives Congress.

It is foreseeing massive defection from the ruling party and it is strategising to ensure it benefits from those defections. 

One of those strategies were reeled out in the early hours of Monday after a meeting of the party's National Working Committee, PDP Governor Forum and some other leaders held in Asaba, the capital of Delta State.

This meeting that started on Sunday evening and ended in the early hours of Monday came at a time that former leaders have issued statements advising President Muhammadu Buhari to jettison plans to seek a second term in office in 2019.

After the meeting, the National Chairman of the party, Uche Secondus, told reporters that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari was a colossal failure.

He insisted that the ruling APC had brought untold hardship on Nigerians.


Mr Secondus highlighted that the PDP had developed a road map to reclaiming power at the 2019 Presidential elections. 

The party, which lost power in 2015, says it will focus its attention on women and the youths as part of measures aimed at ensuring that the party bounces back to its rightful position of the ruling party. 

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Members of the Peoples Democratic Party after the meeting in Asaba on Monday

Before PDP was voted out by Nigerians, some members of the party believed that former President Goodluck Jonathan was imposed on the other members who had the intention of vying for the position.

This issues was part of the discussions at the meeting and the party resolved that imposition of candidates would not be allowed henceforth to strengthen internal party democracy.

Mr Secondus assured party faithful that the NWC would move around wards in Nigeria to give those at the grassroots a sense of belonging. 

"There is a political tsunami coming and it will result to many APC members decamping to the PDP," he added.

In their remarks, Governor Okowa and his Rivers State counterpart, Nyesom Wike, said the PDP had become more formidable and prepared to reclaim power at the centre in next year's election. 

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They commended the leadership of the party for their ingenuity and foresight to reposition the party for the task ahead, pointing out that the PDP would restore the nation to its pride of place among the nations. 

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Governor of Delta State, Ifenayi Okowa and Nyesom Wike of Rivers at the meeting

The meeting was attended by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa and the Governors of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, Gombe State, Ibrahim Dakambo, and Abia State, Okezie Ikpazu.

Former president, Olusegun Obasanjo and a former military leader, Ibrahim Babaginda, have expressed displeasure with the economic hardship that Nigerians are experiencing under the current administration.