- An APC chieftain, Bola Tinubu, alleged that some PDP members are hindering the progress of the ruling party
- He also accused the PDP of planning to loot the national treasury for 60 years before it was defeated by the APC in 2014
- The APC leader said it is time the ruling party purged itself of the PDP remnants and put truly progressive party members in important positions
A former governor of Lagos state and leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has accused some members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of hindering the progressive agenda of the ruling party.
Tinubu said that many of those in critical positions in government agencies and ministries were saboteurs in the party, The Punch reports.
NAIJ.com gathered that the APC leader said these in a statement released by his media office in Abuja on Sunday, June 24.
He also accused the PDP of planning to loot the national treasury for 60 years before it was defeated by the APC in 2014.
Tinubu said: “I must mention something of high concern; our progressive agenda has been hampered because elements of the PDP remain embedded in many agencies and ministries so crucial to daily governance.
“They have been fifth columnists, undermining our policies at every turn. While impeding reform, they also plot the comeback of their reactionary brethren to power.
“This is something we should no longer abide. Our party teams with competent, reform-minded people who would perform admirably in these positions.
“It is time we swept out the PDP remnants and put in position, people who actually care about the citizens.
“Some among us feared that today we would be joined by the presence of rain. Don’t fret. Let the rain fall if it must. For it is a sign of a great washing. We, the party of the broom, should understand more than anyone else what this represents.
“The rain symbolises that we are to wash away the remaining shards of the old, unjust politics so that we can set forth a better path for Nigeria."
He said many people had thought that the merger by different political parties that gave birth to the APC would be short-lived. He said many had also believed that the party would not survive when it was formed in 2014.
Tinubu alleged that those against the formation of the ruling party employed many tactics to frustrate its emergence.
He said: “The doubters who gave the APC no chance of existence or of continued survival have got their reply in full. Their envious prayers and complaints have been answered in the reverse.
“They wanted to see the end of us and our pursuit of good governance for Nigeria. You should not forget, as I shall never forget, the strong efforts they made to stop us in the courts.
“There were 12 cases brought trying to stop us from merging, from registering the new party, then attempting to bar our candidate from the election.
“Lacking the courage to face the democratic will of the people, they tried to misuse the courts as a weapon against democracy.
“We thank the judiciary for following the letter and spirit of the constitution by dismissing this dirty dozen of malicious cases filed against us.
“With their schemes foiled, those who tried to destroy us must bear witness to the destruction of their edifice of corrupt governance and their dreams of unjust domination of our nation.
“While they planned a lifetime of greedy enrichment by looting the people’s resources and the public treasury for 60 years, we moved to reform the economy to bring development and aid to the poor.”
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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had previously reported that Senate President Bukola Saraki, while reacting to a statement that he belongs to the All Progressives Congress (APC) but the party increasingly does not belong to him, said time would determine his position in the party.
The Senate president along with some other members of the new Peoples Democratic Party (nPDP) have been lamenting what they called segregation and unfavourable treatment by the APC.
Saraki made his statement in Abuja while responding to a comment by the chairman, Daily Trust Newspapers, Kabiru Yusuf, who praised him for going to Saudi Arabia to perform the Lesser Hajj, went to Russia where he addressed the Russian parliament and returned home to attend the APC convention “a party to which he belongs but which increasingly does not belong to him.”
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