Adams Oshiomhole, national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), says the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is not an option for Nigerians in 2019.
Oshiomhole said this while speaking with state house correspondents after a meeting with Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo at the presidential villa on Thursday.
The APC chairman expressed optimism that the ruling party would win the 2019 elections, adding that the electorate would not be so confused as to entrust the economy into the hands of people that mismanaged it.
“PDP is just not an option; particularly when their candidate is not a new face; there is no basis for benefit of the doubt,” he said.
“You can give benefit of the doubt to a stranger, not to someone who was at the heart; perhaps one of most powerful vice presidents we have ever had.
“So, I am clear that Nigerians will not have any basis to give PDP the benefit of the doubt.”
Asked to be emphatic on the chances the APC in the elections, Oshiomhole said: “Of course, how can you ask what the chances are?
“If PDP was doing well after 16 years, they wanted to do for 60 but they were terminated, no employer will recall an employee dismissed due to gross misconduct and abuse of finances you don’t recall the employee back.
“I remember that the best Uche Secondus had to say was that he was apologising to Nigerian people and I have not heard anybody say they have accepted the apology and people who have robbed you they don’t apologise and say allow me back into your store room, you don’t do that.
“I have not heard anybody say he has accepted the apology. People that have robbed you; they don’t apologise and say allow me back to your storeroom; you don’t do that.
“We are certain that even as we cannot talk of any perfect situation, nothing can make Nigerians get so confused as to think that those who mismanaged yesterday and those who were at the heart of that mismanagement can be entrusted with providing leadership for tomorrow.
“I do not think that is a question at all. PDP is out of this calculation as far as I am concerned.”