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PDP and APC clash over Jonathan campaigning

01 September 2014, 22:01

Lagos - The People's Democratic Party (PDP) hit back at the All Progressives Congress (APC) after the latter criticised the holding of campaigns to promote the re-election of President Goodluck Jonathan.

The Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria (TAN) is organizing the campaigns, the latest being held in Port Harcourt, Rivers State this past weekend.

APC had called for the halting of such rallies in line with the deferment of rallies by the Independent National Electoral Commission as well as measures to curb the spread of the Ebola virus.

On Monday, PDP hit back at APC accusations, slamming the opposition party as "politicizing" the Ebola virus.

In a statement signed by Jerry Needam, Special Adviser on Media to the Rivers State Chairman, Prince Felix Obuah, the ruling party said the APC's continued "hue and cry" even after the weekend event, and "heaps of insults" on President Goodluck Jonathan, whom it is accusing of masterminding the rally, appear to confirm the view that all the "noise" about the Ebola virus disease without a corresponding action by Governor Rotimi Amaechi and his chieftains in the state was mainly to stop the PDP rally and not born out of genuine concern for the health of Rivers people.

Also read: Kumuyi urges Nigerians to practise good hygiene

If these APC critics are intelligent, the PDP notesd they should know it is "cheap political point" to relate the weekend rally to Ebola virus disease because by the time the alarm was first raised with the death of the doctor victim, Amaechi was still holding political rallies under the pretext of Town Hall meetings even in and around the main Ebola danger zone.

"What sense does it make and what kind of patriotism is the APC's concern for the lives of those who attended the PDP rally at a more spacious, organised and monitored Elekahia Stadium over Ebola virus disease that does not discriminate against persons or parties without a corresponding concern for the lives of Rivers people armed with matchets, clubs and guns amid same Ebola virus threat to kill themselves over Town Hall meetings by Gov Amaechi and his cohorts," the PDP queried.

PDP warned against using the Ebola virus disease to "play politics" if the scourge must be contained from further spread.

"Nonetheless, it's our prayer that the dreaded Ebola virus disease will pass our dear Rivers people by, and also pray that they abide by the simple instructions on personal hygiene while equally enjoining them to be more wary of the more frightful ignorance of the APC about the disease," the PDP remarked.

- CAJ News

Also read: Ebola: NMA urges FG to police borders and ports


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