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PDP lectures opposition on democracy

08 September 2014, 11:01 Augustine Osayande

Abuja – The People's Democratic Party (PDP) warned against the alleged growing anti-democratic behavour of the opposition All Progressive Congress (APC).

The ruling party advised all believers of democracy still in the main opposition party to immediately quit as they were not likely to enjoy any democratic tenet under leaders who were not disposed to divergent views.

"The APC has shown itself to be nothing but a party of ill-bred, frustrated and intolerant politicians; bad losers for whom resorting to personal attacks, blackmail and mudslinging, in addition to promoting violence has become an ideology," PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, said in a statement.

"APC leaders are incurable despots who have since instituted a reign of impunity characterized by brazen dictatorship, imposition and victimization within the APC," the party said while cautioning those expecting free and fair primaries for the selection of APC candidates for the 2015 general election to "wake up to reality before it becomes too late."

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"That the APC is a party of self-centered and dictatorial politicians with no regard for democratic principles is well known to all. However, we have noted a disturbing pattern, wherein the APC leaders now resort to personal attacks on people when they dump their party.

"The vitriolic attacks, insults and threats on former Kano Governor Ibrahim Shekarau, his Sokoto state counterpart, Attahiru Bafarawa, former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani Kayode and several others who were labelled traitors and political misfits' by APC leaders when they left the party easily come to mind.

"Nigerians ponder. Why is it that the APC only realizes that their members are traitors and misfits when they exercise their freedom of association and leave due to its undemocratic, destructive and anti-people agenda? One notable example is the recent attack by the APC's unelected Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu against their former member, Chief Tom Ikimi, who he branded a 'sellout' and 'unreliable' personality because he left their fold," PDP stated.

It also advised the APC leaders to learn to be more decorous, eschew bitterness in their dealings and understand that in a democracy, citizens must at all times be allowed to freely exercise their constitutionally guaranteed rights.

"The PDP would not relent in its effort in putting it right before the APC because our democracy needs a virile opposition, but like Adlai Stevenson campaign statement in 1952 wherein he said, "I offer my opponents a bargain: if they will stop telling lies about us, I will stop telling the truth about them", the statement said.

- CAJ News


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