The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday alleged that the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) is desperately sourcing for excuses to truncate the nation’s democracy.
The party in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, likened the party to ‘Athenian thirty tyrants’ who would not mind the nation on its knees in quest for power.
According to the PDP, “The APC is trading in its best merchandise – falsehood, deceit, blackmail, sheer pernicious propaganda. This political party, the APC is the centrifuge of violence in Nigeria, and like the ” thirty tyrants ” in the ancient Athen, is desperately looking for excuses to truncate democracy and ruin our collective destiny but Nigerians are not ready to dig in with them.”
The party claimed that it was on record that no administration in the recent history of Nigeria achieved in its first three years, up to what President Jonathan has so far achieved despite unprecedented security challenges.
It said the President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration had tackled massive infrastructural development; transformed the agricultural sector; turned around the nation’s educational system by introducing Almajiri education in the north and reforming the nation’s electoral system.
The party said the opposition party is belly-aching because it lost Ekiti governorship election scandalously and that there are signs that the APC would loose the oncoming governorship election in Osun state.
“No doubt the APC is afraid and bitter that its prematurely celebrated electoral fortunes, its vaunted popularity to win the 2015 election is being gradually smashed to its face as mere illusion. It lost Ekiti to popular votes and is afraid that in Osun where its divisive ideology has created an acrimonious division in its educational system amidst non performance in other sectors, it will also fall, hence must heap the blame on President Jonathan. The APC is clearly looking for grounds for fancied violence and subsequent truncation of democracy. “
“Corruption, this corruption, a regular sing song of the APC, a party that has deliberately grown forgetful of the fact that corruption walks on four in the states under its control and that in its topmost leadership, the Emperor of Bourdilion, lies the pantheon of corruption. The people of Ekiti grew wiser and shook off a regime of internal colonialism, of high taxation, of outrageous contract pricing and of the overlordship of greed of few over their common wealth. Nigerians know where the moth of corruption is being bred.”
“On the contrary, the Freedom of Information Act meant to arm every Nigerian in fight against corruption, which Lagos, the APC flagship is refusing to domesticate till today, was in the cooler for nearly a decade until President Jonathan dusted it and passed same into law. In speech, in action and in body language, President Jonathan has left nobody in doubt of his principled stand on the rule of law and transparency and only in the narrow world of mischief of the APC does this matter less,” the PDP stressed.