Rabiu Kwankwaso, Senator representing Kano Central and presidential aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has described the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the PDP of 2015.
Kwanskwaso made this remark when speaking on Sunrise Daily, a Channels Television Programme, the Senator said he and other members of the APC returned to PDP because of the impunity and arrogance of APC.
He noted that the PDP had learnt its lessons from the 2015 defeat and stressed that they had to leave the ruling party because the “APC refused to learn anything”.
“Everyday, we are learning. PDP, in my opinion, learnt its lesson. In 2015, PDP was very arrogant, believed that no matter what happened, they would win the election. They never thought an incumbent government could lose the election,” Kwankwaso said.
“At that time, they had some level of impunity that some of us thought that was not the best way to handle the government, the party and of course the country and that was why we decided to defect to APC. To form the party, to work with the party across the country, mobilise the party and at the end of the day, we won the election.
“PDP learnt its lesson, unfortunately, the hard way and they started thinking positively and as far as I am concerned, PDP now is a better party that it was in 2015.
“Unfortunately, APC refused to learn anything, they didn’t understand and they don’t want to understand to the extent that APC today is the PDP of 2015 and PDP today is the APC of 2015.
“In fact, there was a swap between the two parties to the extent that in 2015, the entire leadership of those they would call the legacy parties, they had to go round the country to meet all of us, to plead with all of us to come and join the party and under that circumstance, we gave them the benefit of a doubt believing that this is a new party with people of good character and integrity.
“We now have a reformed PDP that has improved in terms of impunity and doing the wrong things.”