By Taiwo Adebowale
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says the attempt by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to justify the military for election comments of President Muhammadu Buhari, shows that the APC, as a political party, is dead.
In a statement by Kola Ologbondiyan, the PDP noted that the responsibility of a political party is to engender civic participation in a free, fair and democratic environment, which the APC has brazenly violated in all elections in Nigeria since 2019.
The party said rather than allow President Buhari to take to corrections and leave a legacy of a truly democratic electoral process, the unelected and wobbling leadership of the APC is whining over the soaring popularity and gains achieved by the PDP under the leadership of Prince Uche Secondus as its National Chairman.
The PDP said it is unfortunate that instead of joining other well-meaning Nigerians in rejecting the undemocratic comments of President Buhari, the APC, being dead to its conscience, chose to support draconian and underhand methods of election.
The party asserted that the APC leaders have been distraught and filled with envy and bitterness because the rebranded PDP has since overcome the temporary setback of 2015 to retake its place as the authentic hub for national rebirth; a development that led to the massive support accorded the party by Nigerians in the 2019 Presidential election.
The PDP mocked APC leadership for living in delusion in their vacuous claims that the PDP is losing support under Prince Secondus, when it is on record that Nigerians have continued to abandon the APC and returning to the PDP enmasse, given the manifest failures of the APC and its government.
“Perhaps, the APC, in its hallucination has forgotten that it is public knowledge that under Prince Secondus, the PDP’s popularity and acceptability had soared while the APC had become a derelict, rudderless and bedeviled by bitter internal wrangling, endless backstabbing as well as incompetent, corrupt and detestable leadership.
“APC might want to be reminded that under Prince Secondus, the PDP took back the leadership of the National Assembly and went ahead in the 2019 to recover seven states from the stranglehold of the APC before the Supreme Court judgment on Imo State governorship election.
“The recent return of Edo state to the PDP is a further testament of Nigerians’ rejection of the APC and its leadership, a feat achieved under Prince Secondus.
“It is also public knowledge that majority of Nigerians were on the side of the PDP in the 2019 Presidential election, which however went the other way due to heavy manipulations and use of brute force by the APC.
“For a national chairman that achieved this record in a space of three years, only a jaundiced and confused party like the APC will say Prince Secondus has performed below expectation.
“It is therefore laughable that the APC, which cannot even boast of a substantive leadership, and whose famished broom has long scattered, would try to equate itself with the PDP.
“Given the acrimonious situation that has pervaded the APC since the 2019 elections and coupled with revelations of large-scale corruption by its leaders, it is clear that the shop has closed for the APC, a party that has brought so much pains, anguish and sorrow to our nation.
“For us in the PDP, a party that nurtured democratic principles and enjoys the huge followership of Nigerians, what we have for the APC at this moment of its history is pity,” the PDP further stated.