Elections: It Will Now Take A Miracle For PDP To Win — Ex-Minister


The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will need God’s intervention to win in the 2015 elections, former Minister of State for Education, Kenneth Gbagi yesterday said. This, according to him, is partly because the ministers, heads of Parastatals and aides of President Goodluck Jonathan have left the campaigns for him alone to handle.

“What I am saying is that God is a God of miracle, He can do miracle,” he told Vanguard at his Asokoro residence.

He also alleged that governors of the PDP across the country were not working in tandem with President Jonathan.

“The governors as it were are not with Mr President, I repeat, the supposed governors are not with Mr President. You read a scoop two days ago that seven governors defecting. Even if they don’t physically defect, their body language and instructions to their followers are different from what we are seeing in the media. We need to move drastically and quickly so that we do not have a situation where we are seated and we are captured. Governors across Nigeria are not with the President,” Gbagi said.

“I am taken aback largely. You are here with us when we did the election in 2011 and we were at the forefront. I am disappointed that the entire campaign situation has been left alone to the President largely.

“I have sojourned the nook and crannies of Abuja and the north in the last few days and my conclusion is that; where are the ministers, where are the DGs, where are the Permanent Secretaries, where are the agencies of government. As it were, all have been left in the hands of Mr President to do his job all by himself,” the 2014 Delta State governorship aspirant stressed.

He asked those attacking the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega to stop. He noted that fighting the INEC boss was not necessary and justifiable, as only those who worked to win would be declared the winners of the elections.

Gbagi also accused the PDP of not doing enough to sell the party and the achievements of the present administration to Nigerians when it had the opportunity to do that. He noted that if PDP members, leaders, stakeholders had put in their resources, energy and time to campaign the way the President did, victory would have been sealed for the PDP.

“I personally sat and held Buhari spellbound in 2011 election and we made slide successes. I don’t see anybody, let all the ministers come out and begin to pubic individually what they have done in their ministry with what they were given and how they spent the money and leave accusing Buhari as a person but tackle the issue of politics,” he said.