By Jide Orintunsin, Abuja
The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) on Monday told the National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Uche Secondus to be focused on salvaging the opposition party from crumbling, as the party was gradually becoming “shockingly rudderless” under his watch.
Reacting to the recent comments by the PDP Chairman on President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC) decision to defend and support free, fair elections, particularly during the 2019 elections as opposed to the use of force and anti-democratic practices under the PDP.
APC Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Yekini Nabena in a statement on Monday in Abuja, said the PDP Chairman should concentrate his energy on remedying the misfortune that has befell the opposition party with gross depletion of its membership in recent months. PDP in recent time has recorded the resignation of notable members due to Secondus leadership failure.
In the statement, the ruling party said, “The APC calls on Secondus to focus on the PDP which has become shockingly rudderless under his watch.
“Under Secondus, the PDP has never had it this bad with the opposition Party’s stakeholders detached from the party activities as was witnessed with notable PDP leaders boycotting the Party’s 2019 presidential campaigns and the recent Bayelsa State Governorship bribe-for-ticket scandal that indicted Secondus.
“Little wonder, the recent months have witnessed many PDP members resign their membership due to Secondus activities which has brought the PDP to its knees.
“The PDP under Secondus is in willful denial of the obvious that under the President Muhammadu Buhari-led APC administration, free, fair and credible elections are the new normal. Voting power is fast returning to the people and the era of stolen and procured votes is fast-fading.”
President Buhari recently said the APC could have used the military and other security services to overrun opposition states in the 2019 general elections but chose free, fair elections was a solid pointer and demonstration of democratic and progressive credentials.
“Why will the PDP under Secondus not support efforts to ensure the independence of our state institutions such as the Judiciary, INEC and our security services and ultimately deepen our democracy and improve our electioneering system?
“We call on progressive partisans, particularly in the PDP not to sink with the opposition party which has become clearly disillusioned under Secondus. The Governor Mai Mala Buni-led APC Caretaker/Extra-Ordinary National Convention Planning Committee (CENCPC) has created a healthy and progressive political environment in the APC and is entrenching internal democracy which is geared towards electing into public offices patriotic countrymen who will put the people first and contribute to achieving the Nigeria we all desire and deserve, a party which defends that fact that power belongs to the people and during elections, votes must count.”
– The Nation