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Published On: Thu, Oct 9th, 2014

APC not a responsible opposition, says PDP

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PDPsBy Lawrence Olaoye

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday described the All Progressives Congress (APC) as anything but a responsible opposition in the country.

The party in a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, said it had expected a virile opposition which would provide alternative suggestions to objectionable government policies but was disappointed to realize that it only revel in abuses and insulting President Goodluck Jonathan.

According to the party, the APC had since its registration over a year ago issued 117 press statements all tailored to heap abuses on the President.

The PDP noted that it had cautioned the leadership of the APC on the realization of its merger to enrich the political landscape with positive ideas but was disappointed that it has not offered any alternative idea to put the ruling party on its toes.

The party recalled that after the election of the APC’s leadership, it admonished it to “ensure an issue based opposition that will purposefully and constructively engage and challenge the PDP with decency and maturity as prescribed by democratic tenets and principles.

“Stating that Nigerians deserve a vibrant and patriotic opposition driven only by the national interest, we charged the new APC leadership to put the unity and welfare of Nigerians ahead of other considerations and jettison all divisive tendencies including unguarded statements that overheat the polity and pitch Nigerians against one another”.

It however noted that as the 2015 general election approaches, the APC has shown that it has no idea of performing the roles of a virile opposition party but has proven to be “nothing more than a band of anarchists, scaremongers and idle politicians.”

“There has not been one press statement in which the APC had taken up any major policy issue by the PDP and offered Nigerians how it intends to do it better if it ever had the chance to govern the country. Statement after statement, all the APC pours out are bile, hate insult and low-quality propaganda from the stable of its Goebbelian ilk and Chemical Ali breed,” the PDP alleged.

“With nothing to offer the country as a party conceived in perfidy and born in opportunism, they strive every now and then to look for scandals to feast on while attempting to corrupt all the institutions of accountability to shield the many maggots that dominate the ranks of its top chieftains.

It boggles the mind how a party where a kilometer of road costs N1billion in states under its control by companies linked to one of its henchmen as against less than N50m when PDP governors were in charge looks outside its house for scandals. What can be more scandalous than 20% of the Internally Generated Revenue in its richest state going into the pockets of one of the party owners consistently for over 16 years now? Yet, the poster boys of greed are today chanting “change” in our country!”


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