By Raji Dare
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described criticism of the party’s convention by the spokesman of All Progressives Congress (APC) as an indication of losing control of governance.
The statement by the new Publicity Secretary Kola Ologbondiyan reads: “ Our attention has been drawn to a statement credited to the spokesman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Malam Bolaji Abdulahi, wherein he criticized the conduct of the elective National Convention of our great party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
“It is indeed laughable that the APC which has roundly failed in not only managing the affairs of the country but also its own internal issues would resort to panic mode just because the PDP has succeeded in uniting its fronts by conducting a very credible elective National Convention,” he said.
Ologbondiyan alleged that leaders of the PDP were aware of the plot by the APC to scuttle the convention. Failing, he claimed made the APC resort to a failed attempt to discredit an elective convention that had been adjudged creditable, novel and laudable by political stakeholders and lovers of democracy across the nation.
According to him, this unwarranted attack is only symptomatic of a party that has lost control and only clutching on straws for survival having been outrightly rejected by Nigerians.
“Is it not disgusting, reprehensible and embarrassing that the APC that has repeatedly failed to hold meetings, congresses and convention in the last three years and has flagrantly continued to violate its own constitution is questioning our party’s rights to perform her legitimate and constitutional obligation?
Ologbondiyan claimed that APC leaders have never read Article 25 (A)(i) of their party’s Constitution which stipulates that “the National Convention of the party (APC) shall be held once in two years at a date, venue and time to be recommended by the National Working Committee (NWC) and approved by the National Executive Committee (NEC) subject to the giving of the statutory notices to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and at least 14 days notice given to members eligible to attend.”
He argued that there is no impunity higher than APC violating its constitution. “It is strange that APC could be moralizing on the principles of social justice whereas its actions against Nigerians are a complete departure from the norm,” he said.
“It is important for this spokesman of a failed party and his pack of incompetent members to reminisce on the needless pains and suffering they have inflicted on Nigerians rather than being jittery over the successful outcome of the PDP’s elective national convention.
Nigerians have come to discover that APC is a fraud, an organization of deceitful characters who have failed to keep a single of its countless promises made to the citizens.
It is no longer news that the nation is drifting under APC and the PDP has come to the rescue. We must therefore remind the APC that the era of deceit, trickery and scaremongering, which has been the hallmarks of their government, is gone and Nigerians are just waiting to kick them out in 2019.