The PDP was reacting to the APC decision to hire a foreign firm for its electoral campaign.
The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, on Wednesday, expressed shock over the announcement by the All Progressives Congress, APC, that it has engaged the services of a foreign firm, AKPD Message and Media, to boost its electoral chances in the 2015 elections.
The APC, through its spokesperson, Lai Mohammed, had announced the hiring of the Chicago-based firm, which was involved in the election of President Barack Obama of the U.S.
The PDP urged Nigerians to resist this attempt by the APC to ‘throw the nation back to imperialism, 54 years after independence’.
In a statement by the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Olisa Metuh, the party s said this was not only a clear justification of its stand that the APC is anti-Nigeria, but another insult on the hard working citizens of the country.
“In engaging the services of a foreign firm, the APC has shown that it does not have faith in our people, our indigenous consultancy firms and the teeming well qualified, world acclaimed Nigerian professionals and technocrats,” the party said.
The PDP said the APC is unable to hide its true colour as an anti-people organisation, tied to the apron string of foreign interests.
“That APC has an inner contempt for Nigerians is no longer hidden. Its latest action is not only an affront to nationalism but a weird embrace of neo-colonialism at a time national pride and assertiveness have assumed a rule of engagement in global politics. We are afraid that neo-colonialism is the guiding ethos of the APC’s quest to rule Nigeria, “the PDP said.
It also said it is now apparent that the leadership of the opposition party may have perfected plans to use the same foreign interests to siphon national resources and reverse the pro-national socio-economic foundation laid by the founding fathers of Nigeria.
The APC had on Tuesday issued a statement announcing that it has engaged the services of AKPD Message and Media to boost its electoral chances in the run up to the 2015 general elections.
The PDP said the move is a crime against Nigerians.
“There is no way the APC can justify this crime against our people. Nigerians are discerning enough to see the clever attempt to cover this monumental insult by dropping the name of President Obama, who was duly re-elected by the popular votes of the people of the United States as a beneficiary of this consultancy service.”
“This ulterior motive of the APC explains the reason it has mindlessly been opposing and attacking all the people oriented projects and policies of the PDP-led Federal Government which have enthroned an
unprecedented empowerment of indigenous firms, an economic agenda strongly embedded in the manifesto of our great party, seeking the transfer wealth from public institutions to the private sector,” the PDP said.
The PDP asked Nigerians to continue to note actions of the APC. It urged all well meaning Nigerians to rise up and resist the APC saying it “has clearly shown that it has no regard for the talents of the people it seeks to govern (and) can never win the trust of Nigerians.”