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APC: A new definition of opposition

17 October 2014, 22:30 Merife Obinna

In every democratic system, there's always an opposition. This is a group of people who are there to check the government in power and, in some cases, offer better alternatives to the people.

Nigeria as a democracy have both an opposition party and a party in power. The party in power, the PDP, have been in power for the past 15 years and according to the Former National Chairman of the party, Vincent Ogbulafor, the party will rule for the "next sixty years". That, though, was a bold declaration that depends on the Nigerian voters.

The main opposition party, All Progressives Congress (APC), since it emerged on 6th February 2013, has taken opposition to another level, leaving its work as that of a check to become that of an "anti-PDP".

Also read: PDP members defect to APC in Edo

The APC is yet to tell the masses how they intend to make Nigeria a developed country if they are voted in but are just bent on putting the ruling party in a bad light.

A typical example is on the Ebola situation. After it was certified that The PDP-led Federal Government have conquered the virus, in conjunction with all stake holders, the APC, instead of to at least appreciate the efforts of the Federal Government, turns on them and tells them not to their trumpet. They praised the Minister of Health, bringing him out for special praise, as if he is out of the PDP. Wasn't he appointed by their "arch enemy" President Goodluck Jonathan, who to me has done nothing wrong only that he is of the PDP?

The APC should change their mentality and reduce their noise, especially their Honourable Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed. They should leave the PDP and focus more on how to sell their manifesto to the masses especially the Easterners as they have been severally accused of been an "Islamic Party". They should find innovative ways of making themselves acceptable by the youths and they should also remember that the 2015 General Elections are not a do or die affair.

A word is enough for the wise

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