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Furore over APC hiring of Obama campaign firm

19 February 2014, 21:36

Abuja - The ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) criticized the move by the All Progressive Congress (APC) to engage the services of a foreign firm, AKPD Message and Media to run its election campaign.

PDP described the move as “shocking and asked Nigerians to resist this attempt by the party to “throw the nation back to imperialism after 54 years after independence.”

“In engaging the services of a foreign firm, the APC has shown that it does not have faith in our people, our indigenous consultancy firms and the teeming well qualified, world acclaimed Nigerian professionals and technocrats. Just as the leopard cannot change its spots so also is the APC unable to hide its true colour as an anti-people organization tied to the apron string of foreign interests in utter disdain for fellow Nigerians and the age long clamour for local content. That APC has an inner contempt for Nigerians is no longer hidden. Its latest action is not only an affront to nationalism but a weird embrace of neo-colonialism at a time national pride and assertiveness has assumed a rule of engagement in global politics. We are afraid that neo-colonialism is the guiding ethos of the APC's quest to rule Nigeria.

" It is now apparent that the leadership of this opposition party may have perfected plans to use same foreign interests to siphon national resources and reverse the pro-national socio-economic foundation laid by the founding fathers of Nigeria,” National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Olisa Metuh said in Abuja.

It was reported earlier the APC had hired AKPD Message and Media to run its campaign.

The company is popular for running United States President Barack Obama’s successful and historic campaigns.

“There is no way the APC can justify this crime against our people. Nigerians are discerning enough to see the clever attempt to cover this monumental insult by dropping the name of President Obama, who was duly re-elected by the popular votes of the people of the United States as a beneficiary of this consultancy service.

"This ulterior motive of the APC explains the reason it has mindlessly been opposing and attacking all the people oriented projects and policies of the PDP-led Federal Government which have enthroned an unprecedented empowerment of indigenous firms, an economic agenda strongly embedded in the manifesto of our great party, seeking the transfer wealth from public institutions to the private sector,” Metuh said.

The PDP urged Nigerians to continue to note the “unpatriotic” and “anti-people actions.”

“A party which has clearly shown that it has no regard for the talents of the people it seeks to govern can never win the trust of Nigerians,” said Metuh.

- CAJ News


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