- The PDP mocked the ruling APC for reportedly wooing members of the opposition party
- The opposition party told the ruling party to leave its members alone
- It added that the APC has squandered the goodwill given to it by Nigerians in 2015
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has criticised Nigeria’s ruling party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), for reportedly wooing its members.
In a statement by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan, the PDP describes the move as “a failed antic of an apprehended and deflated felon.”
NAIJ.com notes the Senate minority leader, Godswill Akpabio, and Governor of Ebonyi state, David Umahi, are among PDP leaders said to be wooed by the APC to join the ruling party.
Premium Times reports that a presidential aide said on Saturday, August 4, that arrangements had been concluded and Senator Akpabio to join the APC this week.
Recall that scores of ex-APC members including Senate President Bukola Saraki and Sokoto state governor, Aminu Tambuwal, recently joined the PDP.
Read the PDP’s full statement below:
“The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) mocks the presidency and the All Progressives Congress (APC) as shameless, despicable and hypocritical, for attempting to woo PDP members into its now discredited and famished fold.
“The PDP describes the move as a failed antic of an apprehended and deflated felon who, in his immoral proclivity, attempts futilely to pull off one last survival stunt before facing the gallows, or more so, a mortally wounded snake furtively seeking for one last bite before its inevitable painful death.
“The PDP has nothing but pity for the APC, who, in its blind desperation, cannot see that the train has since left the station and that nobody, no matter the lure, abandons a cruising liner, which the PDP now represents, to jump into a sinking ship with a disoriented captain which the APC has become.
“Indeed, no one, no matter the enticement, runs into a collapsing building from where terrified, wounded and traumatized people are already taking flight for their dear lives.
“Nigerians can now see the shameless hypocrisy of the APC, which is now going about, cap in hand, to beg the same persons it haunted as corrupt and evil, seeing that it has been overrun by the tides.
“Having failed to cow such persons through threats, media trials, trumped-up corruption charges and raw violence, the APC is now seeking to ensnare them with promises of political opportunities it no longer has control over.
“The dilapidated APC, by now, ought to have known that no Nigerian will again fall for its gimmick of false promises and subject him or herself to the prison yard democracy, that it offers.
“We, therefore, counsel the APC to leave our members alone and stop acting like that evil character who roams about seeking for whom to devour or drag along into the pit, knowing that his time is short.
“The APC should quit its antics and find an abandoned cave of history to lick its wounds, having squandered the goodwill given to it by Nigerians in 2015.
“The eclipsing APC must know that Nigerians have had enough of its lies, deception, propaganda, contrivances, beguilements and are now resolute in their iron-cast determination to rally on the platform of the repositioned PDP to rescue our nation from the curse which the APC has come to represent in the last three years.”
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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had previously reported that Senator Aliyu Wamakko (APC Sokoto) who staged a grand homecoming to Sokoto on Saturday, August 4, said defectors to the PDP and other political parties from the APC will surely regret their actions.
Wamakko stated this at a special rally in support of President Muhammadu Buhari and APC organised by loyalists, in the wake of the defection of Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal to the PDP from the ruling APC on Wednesday, August 1.
He described the PDP as a dead political party and categorically ruled out Tambuwal’s exit being a threat to APC hold on the state.
Here's what Saraki and Tambuwal's defection means for the APC - on NAIJ.com TV: