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Published On: Mon, Oct 14th, 2019

APC, PDP bicker over one party state

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By Lateef Ibrahim, Abuja

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has declared that no individual, no matter how highly placed, can succeed in
reducing Nigeria to a nation of cowards, stressing that such will forever be unacceptable.
The party equally vowed that it will continue to play its opposition role, play it successfully and ensure that Nigeria is not turned to a one-party state.
The National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan made these declarations yesterday in response to a statement from his counterpart in the All Progressives Congress, APC, Mallam Lanre Isa-Onilu, wherein he said “Nigeria deserves a strong, vibrant opposition to play its conventional role in the polity to deepen democracy. Sadly, Nigeria is becoming a one-party state. As a party that believes in democracy and progressive politics, we cannot pretend any longer.
“Democracy cannot be said to be fully operational in a situation where the supposed ‘main’ opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has become a joke, irresponsible and rudderless”, Onilu said.
While addressing journalists in Abuja yesterday, Ologbondiyan said that PDP is not made up of certificate forgers and people of questionable characters.
According to the National Publicity Secretary of the leading opposition party, “The PDP does not contain certificate forgers, it is not party of people who are contrivers.
“Our political party is relating directly with Nigerians people and we are working assiduously to make sure that democratic tenets of our nation is not only entrenched but seen to be entrenched in our nation.
“As we do not have space to respond to the gimmicks of former democrats who went around the nation and brought in a despot into a democratic order, neither do we have space to engage in verbal discussion with characters who are known to be pillaging and stealing directly from the patrimony of our nation. As such we are not going to respond to the innuendos of such characters are banding.
“The PDP remains the bastion of democracy in our nation. PDP is in the Supreme Court to ensure that the mandate, which was given to Atiku and has been stolen is restored to us.
“When the PDP took a decision to ensure that we create alternative government, ours was to make suggestion on how good governance was to be entrenched on our country. PDP has been carrying out that responsibility.
“As far as APC needs to know, our nation has survived dictators. We have succeeded as a people to ensure that those who seek to rule us without our consent do not succeed and as such, it is strange and totally unacceptable that the APC and the Buhari presidency will, within its whimsical thinking, claim that Nigeria will become a one party state.
“This country is a resilient nation and no individual, no matter how highly placed in the past, has succeeded in reducing us to a nation of cowards.
“Even today, it will be unacceptable to Nigerians to be so reduced.
So PDP will continue to play its opposition role and we will play it successfully”, he said.
Continuing, Ologbondiyan stressed, “The Buhari presidency came out to claim that there are agitators for a third term. We quickly pointed it out to them that there are no agitators, rather if there is anything, it is the Buhari Presidency who is bringing the third term to the issue of national discourse.
“From there, they have moved to the issue of one party state and bringing it to national discourse. Even at that, it is totally unacceptable to us and I want those who are advising the president on this issue to back of,
“The APC also came out to claim that the major opposition party is dead. We want to state clearly that our party is the consensus political party of the majority of Nigerians and our party, after a long journey of overhauling, has become the centre for seeking for power and good governance in our nation”, he maintained.

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