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PDP: APC is Irresponsible, Has No Value for Peace, Unity of Nigeria

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday attacked the main opposition political party in the country, the All Progressives Congress (APC), saying it had not added any value to the peace, unity and development of the country.

In a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, the PDP said it was in its  quest for a robust democracy where a vibrant opposition keeps the party in power on its toes through constructive criticism and offering alternative policy plans that the PDP congratulated the APC on July 2013 as a registered political party and advised it to enrich the political space with positive ideas.

According to the statement, “We again admonished the APC along the same line after the election of its national executives on June 14 this year to “ensure an issue-based opposition that will purposefully and constructively engage and challenge the PDP with decency and maturity as prescribed by democratic tenets and principles.”

Stating that Nigerians deserve a vibrant and patriotic opposition driven only by the national interest, “we charged the new APC leadership to put the unity and welfare of Nigerians ahead of other considerations and jettison all divisive tendencies including unguarded statements that overheat the polity and pitch Nigerians against one another.”

PDP said as Nigeria moves towards the 2015 general election, it had become clear that it had in error dressed the APC in oversized robe, adding: “We clearly charted for them a job that is way beyond their pay grade. We can say without any fear of contradictions that the APC in its 14 months of existence has shown that no serious minded-person should call it an opposition party as it has demonstrated to be nothing more than a band of anarchists, scaremongers and idle politicians.

“The motley assembly of political opportunists and frustrated office seekers in over a year of its registration has issued 117 press statements which all have been devoted to abusing President Goodluck Jonathan and the PDP officials, and promoting division among Nigerians.

“There has not been one statement in which the APC had taken up any major policy issue by the PDP and offered Nigerians how it intends to do it better if it ever had the chance to govern the country. Statement after statement, all the APC pours out are bile, hate, insult and low-quality propaganda from the stable of its Goebbelian ilk and Chemical Ali breed.”

In the same vein, PDP said the APC leaders had continued to make inflammatory utterances tailored to incite hatred and violence and ultimately balkanise the nation.

According to Metuh “The series of threats by APC leaders ahead of the 2015 general election and the announcement by their national chairman that they will form a parallel government should they lose the 2015 presidential election clearly point to their anti-Nigeria agenda.

“With nothing to offer the country as a party conceived in perfidy and born in opportunism, they strive every now and then to look for scandals to feast on while attempting to corrupt all the institutions of accountability to shield the many maggots that dominate the ranks of its top chieftains.

“It boggles the mind how a party where a kilometre of road costs N1billion in states under its control by companies linked to one of its henchmen as against less than N50 million when PDP governors were in charge looks outside its house for scandals. What can be more scandalous than 20 per cent of the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) in its richest state going into the pockets of one of the party owners consistently for over 16 years now?  Yet, the poster boys of greed are today chanting “change” in our country.”

In view of this, Metuh said: “This corrosive outfit has done so much harm to our polity that words have lost their meanings. For example, calling themselves “progressives” is the greatest oxymoron in our political lexicon since amalgamation. Their major criterion for anyone to be a progressive is having one or two headlines of insults heaped on the president and PDP officers.  As an elder statesman succinctly puts it, if a group of armed robbers held a press conference to abuse President Jonathan, the APC leaders would go and beg them to become their ‘navigators.’

“Indeed, the PDP had looked forward to a robust opposition that will constructively engage on issue-for -issue and policy-for-policy debate on nation building only for the APC to expose its hollowness as an ‘Anarchic Peoples Club’.

“We trust that Nigerians are too politically sophisticated to be hoodwinked into swapping our Transformation Agenda with janjaweed politics garnished with pedestrian rabble-rousing.

“When these forged progressives come to town invoking the imagery of violence, preaching hate and marching on our fault lines, let the patriotic people of Nigeria ask: “Progressive’ Politicians, where is your roadmap to progress?”

Article Credit: Thisdaylive

Updated 4 Years ago

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