Abuja - The spat between the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and opposition All Progressives Congress ahead of next year’s elections seems far from abating.
In the latest round, the ruling party accused the main opposition party of drawing an incongruent comparison between a democratically elected presidency with proven fidelity to democratic tenets and defunct military dictatorships.
National Publicity Secretary Chief Olisa Metuh, said the comparison by the APC was a tacit acknowledgment that the opposition party was planning to take Nigeria back to dictatorship.
“The APC has never left the nation in doubt of its preference. It wants a return to barefaced tyranny, to dictatorship as previously unleashed on the nation by a hue in its top leadership. But Nigerians have handed the party a shocker - we have crossed the red sea and shall never go back to Egypt,”
It added that it was a preposterous distortion of facts and history to compare the Jonathan presidency to either Generals Gowon's or Abacha's reigns because the two former Heads of State were unelected and operated a purely undiluted military dictatorship that brooked no opposition.
“It (APC) argued that under the current administration of President Jonathan, the wheel of democracy together with its immense benefits has turned full circle, giving Nigerians all liberties, an opportunity that the opposition has unfortunately applied so indecently to hurl all manner of abuses on the president.
"Restating that the plan of the APC is to destabilise the government and balkanise Nigeria, the PDP insisted that the party had planned to use insurgency which ranks high in its Janjaweed ideology to overthrow a democratically elected government of President Jonathan but has been put under an effective check,” the ruling party stated.
It revived accusations the opposition was behind the spate of terror aimed at discrediting Jonathan and hid administration.
“In spite of this well planned distraction, the steady delivery of the transformation programme goes on. It is incontrovertible that pound for pound, no previous administration compares to President Jonathan in quality delivery within the first three years of governance. Therefore, each time the APC barks " incompetence " like a rabid dog or hoots "clueless" like a devouring night owl, the PDP and well-meaning Nigerians know that the opposition party whose agenda of destabilisation has been exposed and unhorsed is licking its wounds.
"We wish to again challenge the APC to a public debate on the leadership and successes of President Jonathan and we verily hope it will this time pick up this challenge that any opposition worth its name would clinch with two hands.”
– CAJ News
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