The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday frowned at the All Progressives Congress, APC’s resort to using a section of the media to attack the personality of individuals and institutions of government, describing the development as “ill-conceived” and a “wicked offensive”.
The ruling party said APC, rather than organize itself towards the 2015 general elections, was busy focusing on mischief, warning that the opposition party’s plan to “incite the people and unleash mayhem” should it lose in the forthcoming polls would not work because Nigerians are now wiser.
A statement signed by PDP National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh in Abuja on Sunday said “It is rather despicable that instead of coming out with tangible explanations that would delink it from the negatives for which Nigerians have rejected it, the APC, now haunted by its ugly shadow, has resorted to yet another diversionary tactics of propaganda, blackmail and falsehood, this time, using paid consultants masquerading as newspaper columnists to attack and insult individuals including the person of President Goodluck Jonathan”.
While stressing that it was unperturbed by these attacks from the APC as it would continue to expose the antics of the party, Metuh said, “We completely stand by our position that the APC is a party of unpatriotic persons whose agenda is to destroy our democracy and the unity we enjoy as a nation.
“This wave of attack is clearly part of APC’s ‘Janjaweed’ ideology of destruction and inciting the people against individuals, especially government officials, in furtherance of the plot to undermine the system and balkanize the nation along ethnic and religious lines ahead of the 2015 general elections; an agenda which has already failed.
“We are aware that the APC has engaged the services of foreigners who have since been imported into the country to do the hatchet job in collaboration with the paid consultants who pocket as much as N5 million naira for each negative publication.
“We are however aware of failed efforts by the APC to compromise credible Nigerian columnists and bloggers, who, for the love of our dear country and fear of God, refused to be made agents of destabilisation”, the statement said.
The ruling party called on Nigerians to ask APC to reveal the source of funding for its “negative publications”, stressing that it was pertinent to know so as to “ensure that the funds are not coming from the resources meant for the development of their states where the people are already subjected to untold hardship on account of the looting and heavy taxes by the APC”.
Metuh also accused APC of exhibiting crass hatred for President Jonathan, saying it is a party of hypocrites; of wolves in messianic robes seeking to deceive Nigerians with the promise of change.
“We wish to state categorically that the APC as presently constituted has nothing to offer” the PDP spokesperson said, adding that “It is not an alternative to the PDP neither is it an option to Nigerians. Its orchestrated mantra of change remains cosmetic, hypocritical and hollow, unless we now speak of change from democracy to dictatorship.
“By every indication, the APC is a rudderless ship heading for crisis and self-destruction. We want Nigerians to note that whilst the leaders of the APC have continued to focus on attacking people and causing confusion, the PDP has focused on sensitising the people as well as strengthening and expanding its support base.
“Whilst the APC leaders have relegated their duty of organising their party ahead of elections and remain fixated on mischief, PDP leaders are working hard to organise our members in all the states, local government and wards of the country for a successful outing in 2015.
“Nigerians must note that as we march towards the general elections, the APC has no single democratic structure on the ground. It still lacks genuine followership and has no defined presence at the grassroot. On the other hand, the PDP remains the party with the largest number of members and supporters and shall continue to be committed to the national interest for the good of all.
“We wish to remind the APC that he who fails to work, works to fail. This is the ultimate fate that awaits them in 2015 and they should have nobody but themselves to blame. Of course, as bad losers, the only plan the APC has perfected is to incite the people and unleash mayhem in furtherance of its greater plot to truncate our democracy by reenacting the ugly experience of December 1983. This agenda has also failed as Nigerians are no longer in the dark regarding who the true enemies of our dear country are”, the statement concluded.