President Muhammadu Buhari (r) in an audience with Gov Yahaya Bello of Kogi State at the Presidential Villa Abuja. NAN

Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State has warned the All Progressives Congress (APC) against underrating the opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), ahead of the 2019 election.

Speaking during a dinner with President Muhammadu Buhari and youth political appointees at the Presidential Villa, on Thursday, the governor said the APC needed to aggressively publicize Buhari and the numerous projects of his administration.

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Yahaya Bello said: “All that the crooked PDP is offering Nigerians is that corruption is better than incompetence in quote.

“2015 was about change, 2019 will be about progress. As members of the APC, we will not deny that our party has a huge task in the 2019 general elections, the election will never be a walk-over, the PDP will not be a pushover.

“And we must take nothing and no one for granted. If we cannot defeat PDP, maybe we should not be influencers or we should not even go to politics.

“President Buhari is a good product we know, but we must go out to sell him to Nigerians. Perception is very critical in times like this. If we fail, God forbid, the ugly narrative of PDP will overtake the land.

“Our scorecard is very rich and very rich enough. We must market the incredible accomplishments of Mr. President and of his administration to every voter and in a language he or she understands.

“If we fail, God forbids, the adverse narrative being put out by the PDP and another propaganda machine will dominate the land and shape perception.”