- The ruling APC has accused the PDP of spewing laughable conspiracies without an iota of proof
- This was in response to accusations of corruption, sectionalism and opposition clampdown, by the PDP
- The APC denied the allegations saying suppressing the opposition was the stock in trade of the PDP during its 16-year rule
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has responded to recent claims by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) accusing the ruling party of among others corruption, sectionalism and opposition clampdown, in the lead up to the 2019 elections.
The APC in a statement sent to NAIJ.com by its national publicity secretary, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, denied the allegations saying suppressing the opposition was the stock in trade of the PDP during its 16-year rule.
“The APC has definitely not inherited this undemocratic practice in its governance style both in its internal politics and the country’s administration, under President Muhammadu Buhari.
“Nigerians will recall how past PDP administrations illegally and routinely used state apparatus to harass opposition figures as seen in the attack on the APC data centre, blockade of the air and road routes to prevent movement of then opposition leaders in the leadup to the 2015 elections, among other clampdowns that are too numerous to list.
“The PDP is quick to forget the divisive, insensitive and sectional politics it played during the 2015 electioneering campaign when its women’s wing led by a former first lady denigrated the country’s north as parasitic and unwilling to educate and cater for its young populace.
“Infact, the PDP-led administration at the time pointedly regarded the Boko Haram insurgency as a northern affair,” the APC said.
The ruling party accused the PDP of spewing laughable conspiracies without an iota of proof, adding that reelections are around the corner and Nigerians are not gullible.
“They see through the PDP’s diversionary antics aimed at deflecting attention from the wanton culture of impunity and corruption it instituted when it held sway.
“For one, Nigerians generally agree that the era of impunity is beginning to disappear from our national life. There is a gradual acceptance of the best practice and time-honoured values of honesty, hard-work, patriotism, abhorrence of corruption, accountability and integrity in our everyday life.
“PDP’s narrative is anchored on the belief that if they continue to throw these wild allegations around, somehow Nigerians will forget what they truly represent and the atrocities that they have committed against the country. Alas, Nigerians are wiser now and our memories are longer. We can forgive, but we will not forget,” the ruling party said.
Meanwhile, the Buhari Campaign Organisation (BCO) has queried the APC for allowing crisis within its fold to fester less than a year to the 2019 general elections.
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The BCO chairman of Board of Trustees (BoT), Engrineer Markus Gundiri, blamed the APC as a party for getting entangled in internal crisis in a pre-election year.
“The APC has gone into so many problems, I don't know why. But we are going to campaign for him (Buhari) for the primaries and for his re-election. Don't get tired, there are so many things we need to do. We need to mobilise and reach out to all the voting units of this country,” he said.
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