Â By Wahab Akanji. Abuja
A pioneer member of the PeoplesÂ Democratic Party (PDP) in Abuja, OlisaÂ Uzoewulu (Wulus) has optimistically said that the All Progressives CongressÂ (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)
would lose totally in theÂ upcoming area council elections, precisely in Abuja Municipal Area CouncilÂ (AMAC) in Abuja the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
Making his point while speaking to journalists recently in Abuja, heÂ wondered why should the two parties field-in only Abuja indigenes to standÂ for all the elective positions in AMAC to the detriment of the nonÂ indigenes who had the required population in election. He attributed thatÂ to the reason why the APC and the PDP would lose the election. He said thatÂ due to the stand of the two parties, the electorate who are not only wiserÂ now, but has also decided not to allow any one person to determine how to
go about the elections, would cast their votes based on where they comeÂ from.
Admitting that he is still a member of the PDP, he came up with anotherÂ reason why the two political parties would be disappointed during theÂ election. While accusing the PDP of living in the old past instead of
re-strategising as a party that lost presidential election, he accused the
APC of internal fight for superiority.
Hear him: “Though I am still a member of the PDP, but I am sure that theÂ PDP and the APC will see a shocker in the upcoming area council election.Â
As you know, none of the two parties allowed any of the non indigenes toÂ stand for election in any of the positions in Abuja Municipal Area CouncilÂ (AMAC) and the non indigenes are more in population. And the electorate,
noe wiser shall cast their votes based on where that come from, havingÂ realised that they have passed the stage when a single person shouldÂ determine for them where to cast their votes. To worsen it all, instead ofÂ the PDP to come back and replan, having lost election at federal level,Â they are Â still living in the old past and the APC that has taken over theÂ presidency has all the time been busy in internal fight for superiority.”
Responding for more questions, he hailed the Buhari-led government for itsÂ giant stride to arrest those who were alleged to have stolen government’sÂ money. He wondered why a single person would seize such whooping sum ofÂ money to the detriment of the poor, even as he said some even banked suchÂ money in their foreign account. He also said that he has found out with
dismay many empty houses built by the greedy Nigerians in Abuja.
On his opinion on the allegation by some Nigerians that the President hasÂ abandoned other state functions for the fight against corruption, he saidÂ that if President Mohammad Buhari would be able to reduce corruption to the
barest minimum, it would go a long way to addressing the problems in the
country. When asked he was of the opinion that the reason why more PDP
members were being accused of the looting was because the party has larger
number of corrupt people and they were in power for about 16 years.
> Responding to more questions, Wulus faulted what he termed as the
government’s inability to stabilise the oil sector, which if done ,
according to him would not only enhance the economy, but would also create
employment. Making his point, he informed that he was against subsidy
removal on petroleum products and urged the government to as a matter of
importance stop exporting crude oil and later importing them back onto the
Â He however urged the government to do everything possible to ensure thatÂ refining of crude oil is done in this country. He therefore added thatÂ should the crude be refined in the country, it would not only createÂ employment, but alsoÂ boost the economy as the petroleum resources wouldÂ also be exporting which according to him would result into favorableÂ balance of trade. ” You produce oil here, you export and later import themÂ back and no job created is a failure at the side of our leaders. Let theÂ oil sector be stabilised by having crude refined here, and it will createÂ employment,” he stated.
Â Speaking further, he saw the poor state of the economy in the country asÂ universal problem, but was quick to reiterate that if the oil sector isÂ well stabilised and managed, the economy would improve.
Â Speaking on different agitations from different groups like the Biafra,Â BokoÂ Haram, Niger Delta, among others, he said that such agitations shouldÂ be looked into carefully in order to find out if their demands are genuine