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PDP laughs off APC manifesto

07 March 2014, 07:01

Abuja - The ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP) has ridiculed the manifesto released by All Progressives Congress (APC).

PDP described the manifesto as "a product of a Janjaweed ideology, a roadmap to anarchy which is typical of all anti-democratic coalitions. "
The ruling party said the manifesto "lacks character, depth and completely addressed no issue."

A statement by the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Chief Olisa Metuh, said the campaign manifesto, which ranked security of lives and property law gave no clue as to its preparedness to tackle terrorism and was a tacit acknowledgment that the APC might be benefiting from the mayhem.

He alleged the party knew more than met the eye about the spate of terror attacks in the country.

"When last year in its first official outing, the leaders of the APC said terrorism in Nigeria would disappear within 100 days of APC leadership, Nigerians did ask if they knew the characters in crime and their sponsors . APC gave silence as an answer while Nigerians kept wondering.

"Today, the Party has released its manifesto with loud silence on the matter so that Nigerians would not raise further questions on the face behind the terrorism mask".

The ruling party said the APC has no credible recipe for job creation nor has it shown the strength of character to fight corruption more than the PDP does at the moment.

"The PDP created anti corruption agencies and established the Freedom of Information Act to further give teeth to the war on graft. The PDP led federal government has also shown no preferences in its battle on corruption as senior party leaders as well relations have at one time or another been made to face the law on charges of corruption."

Metuh alleged the "spirited" defence for the suspended Central Bank Governor mounted by the APC was because the leaders of the party benefited immensely from the regime of sleaze that took place under Sanusi.

He alleged a fraudulent N84 billion contract was awarded to a leader of the party while another 5 billion was paid to another stalwart of the party as consultancy fee.

According to the PDP nothing showcased the anti-democratic ambience of the APC than its inability to conduct a properly constituted congresses and convention to elect its substantive officers almost a year after formation.

"The strange bed fellows have merged but the structures are refusing to integrate, hence , crisis and disagreements in its ranks," Metuh stated.

- CAJ News


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