The inter-party tensions between the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and All Progressives Congress (APC) continued with the latter criticizing the opposition party for not adding value to the peace, unity and progress of the country.
Speaking through it National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, the ruling party said in its quest for a robust democracy where a vibrant opposition kept the party in power on its toes via constructive criticism and offering alternative policy plans, the PDP had upon the registration of APC on July 31, 2013 congratulated the party and advised it to enrich the political space with positive ideas.
“We again admonished the party along the same line after the election of its National Executives on June 14, 2014 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,” Metuh’s statement read.
The ruling party added that Nigerians deserved 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 the nation inched towards the 2015 general elections, it had become “crystal clear” that “we had in error dressed the APC in oversized robe.”
“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.”
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The party said since registration, APC year of its registration has issued 117 press statements which all had been devoted to abusing President Goodluck Jonathan and PDP officials and promoting division among Nigerians.
“There has not been one press 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, APC leaders have continued to make inflammatory utterances tailored to incite hatred and violence and ultimately balkanize our nation. 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.”
– CAJ News