APC cautions PDP against using religion as trump card

The APC accuses the PDP of acting irresponsibly.

The All Progressives Congress, APC, on Wednesday said it was gravely alarmed and disgusted at the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP’s decision to use religion as a trump card in the run-up to 2015.

The APC said the PDP must desist from fanning the embers of religion even if it is desperate to cling to power.

The PDP had issued a statement on Tuesday warning the APC not to balkanize Nigeria along religious and ethnic lines.

The PDP was reacting to a statement, credited to an Islamic cleric, Yusuf Garba, and the Religious Equity Promotion Council, REPC, accusing the APC of plotting to impose an Islamic agenda just like the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.

”This irresponsible accusation by the PDP that the APC is dividing Nigerians along religious line is a new low even for a party that stands for nothing but incompetence, looting and election rigging,” the APC said in a statement signed by it National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed.

According to the APC, PDP’s allegation is an indication that the party would do anything “to stop the wave of change blowing across Nigeria”.

The APC said the reason it has refrained from joining issues with the PDP, despite the latter’s sponsored campaign to portray the APC as an ”Islamic” party, is because it knows the dangers that religious politics portends for any nation.

”No party wishing to lead Nigeria aright can do so on the basis of religion or ethnicity. Therefore, we are compelled to warn the PDP not to play what it believes to be its trump card, the religious card, against the APC, because whatever politicians do, they must refrain from ethnic or religious politics and put their country above selfish considerations. Only an irresponsible party will play the religious card for any reason,” APC said.

The party said even when the PDP’s top leader, President Goodluck Jonathan, decided to wear religion on his sleeve, kneeling before respectable religious leaders, leading a bloated delegate to an extended pilgrimage in Israel and pushing the pictures into the media in an apparent ploy to score political gains, the APC refrained from making any comments on it.

The party said it is illogical to accuse a party whose 35 interim officials are almost equally split between the two major religions -18 Muslims and 17 Christians- cuts across all ethnic lines; and have elected officials who profess various faiths as an ”Islamic” party.

”We are therefore warning the PDP to stop this dangerous campaign forthwith, unless of course it has decided that its interest supersedes that of the nation. If the PDP fails to stop this campaign, we will be compelled to conclude that the party is trying to plug in to the global stereotype against adherents of a certain religion just to spread fear and garner support in certain circles,” it said.

APC appealed to Nigerians to ignore the dangerous game that the PDP is playing by labelling it an ”Islamic” party, describing it as a scaremongering tactic.

”Nigerians have a history of religious tolerance that has served the country so well. We urge our compatriots to continue along this path, irrespective of the antics of a party that has finally drowned due to its own internal failings and contradictions,” the party said.

It called for a clean electioneering campaign that focuses on issues that are edifying the country and are relevant to the well-being of Nigerians.

“Nigerians want to know, for example, how the present situation of hopelessly can be turned around, how corruption can be stamped out; how a 24-hour electricity supply will be achieved just like in most countries of the world; how our teeming unemployed youths will be gainfully employed and how our dilapidated infrastructure will be rebuilt,” the party said.


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  • precious

    APC, you dont need to worry yourselves, we know who the enemies of this country are they are the PDPs. God will definatly expose them. They know that the only way they can get Nigerians is when they use religon to cover themselves. Mosters, they dont even have any human feelings at all.

  • kharixmah

    Simply let us know the officials yu claim are Christains shikenan. Who occupies the sensitive offices? So far so good, the list of officials circulating is one sided and not good. I tot APC should be attacking the said Yusuf Garba and his organisation and not PDP. I also have my fears about APC.

  • kharixmah

    Simply let us know the officials yu claim are Christains shikenan. Who occupies the sensitive offices? So far so good, the list of officials circulating is one sided and not good. I tot APC should be attacking the said Yusuf Garba and his organisation and not PDP. I also have my fears about APC.

    • Emechuruba

      Please save urself the trouble and vote for pdp cikena!!!! Since uprefer to remain in the dark.
      While we the well thinkin individuals would rather wait and vote the right candidate from either pdp or apc whether a moslem or a christian!!!

      • kharixmah

        Am voting PDP o! I am entitle to my opinion and so are yu.

    • Kunle_Allen

      For the records, the list of names of the interim committee is reproduced in order of parties.

      The ACN: The National Chairman (South-west), Chief Bisi Akande (Osun) M; National Legal Adviser (South-west), Dr Muiz Banire (Lagos) M; National Vice Chairman ( South-west ), Chief Niyi Adebayo (Ekiti) C; National Vice Chairman (South-south), Chief Tom Ikimi (Edo) C; National Publicity Secretary (North Central), Alhaji Lai Mohammed (Kwara) M; Deputy National Organising Secretary (North-west), Senator Lawal Shuaibu (Zamfara) M; Deputy National Youth Leader (South-east), Mr. Uzo Igbonwa (Anambra) C; National Ex-Officio (South-south), Chief Kenneth Kubani (Rivers) C and National Ex-Officio (North-east), Mr. Antibass El-Nathan (Taraba) C.

      ACN – Muslim 4

      Christain 5

      The ANPP: National Secretary (North-east), Tijjani Musa Tumsah (Yobe) M; National Financial Secretary (North-west), Shuaibu Musa (Zamfara) M; Deputy National Treasurer (North-west), Usman Danmadami (Sokoto) M; National Welfare Secretary (South-east), Emma Eneukwu (Enugu) C; Deputy National Publicity Secretary (North-east), Mr. Isa Madu Chul (Borno) C; National Vice Chairman (North-east), Alhaji Umaru Duhu (Adamawa) M; National Vice Chairman (North-west), Mr. Sanusi (Ogun) M and Ex-Officio (North-central), Nelson Alapa (Benue) C.

      ANPP – Muslim 5

      Christain 3

      The CPC: Deputy National Chairman (North-west), Hon Aminu Masari (Katsina) M; National Treasurer (North-west), Sadiya Umar Faruk

      (Zamfara) M; Deputy National Legal Adviser (North-central), James Ocholi (Kaduna) C; Chairman (North-central), General Ahmed Abdullahi Aboki (Nassarawa) M; Deputy National Auditor (North-east), Captain Bala Jibrin (Bauchi) M; National Woman Leader (South-east), Sharon Ikeazor (Anambra) C; National Youth Leader (North-central), Abubakar Lado (Niger) M and National Ex-Officio (North East), Mr. B.D Lawal (Adamawa) M; El Rufai M

      CPC -Christain 2

      Muslim 7

      The APGA: Deputy National Chairman (South-east), Senator Annie Okonkwo (Anambra) C; National Organising Secretary (South-east), Senator Osita Izunaso (Imo) C; Deputy National Financial Secretary (South-east) Sunday Chukwu (Ebonyi) C; Ex-Officio (North-central) Dr Jok Alamba (Plateau) C; Deputy National Woman Leader (North-east) Amina Abdullahim M and National Vice Chairman (South-east), Dr Anyim Nyerere (Abia) C.

      APGA – Christian 5

      Muslim 1

      The DPP: National Auditor (South-south), Emeka-Olisa Akamukalli (Delta) C and Deputy National Welfare Secretary (South-east), Sir Romanus Egbunike (Imo) C.

      DPP – Christain 2

      Muslim 0

      • kharixmah

        I know as a matter of fact that DPP never joined the APC train. Check ur facts bro.

        • Kunle_Allen

          Did APGA joined? It is called a faction

        • ABUBAKAR.


  • Bala R

    The PDP wants Christians votes only, so Bamanga Tukur can stay at home on election day been a muslem.

  • Abdullahi Abba Bukar

    Rather it is PDP which more inclined to religion politics. PDP should please know Nigerians are fedup with being in darkness inspite of the huge amount (more than $16bn) spent on energy sector. No job for our youths, no drugs in our hospitals, no security in our country, etc.


    PDP is playing with fire! Religion is a no go area, and no party should make it an issue in our politics.

    Obviously, the PDP doesn’t want Muslim votes. Not even the votes of its chairman (Tukur) and its VP (Sambo). Otherwise it would not have issued its ill-advised press release.

    Please let’s not drag religion into politics!