PDP says APC manifesto lacks character, depth.
The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has described the manifesto released by the All Progressives Congress, APC, on Thursday as a product of a “Janjaweed ideology,” and a road map to anarchy.
“The manifesto lacks character, depth and completely addressed no issue,” PDP said in a statement by its spokesperson, Olisa Metuh.
Mr. Metuh said the manifesto ranked security of lives and property low and gave no clue as to its preparedness to tackle terrorism. He claimed it was a tacit acknowledgment that the APC may be benefiting from the mayhem and knows more than meet the eyes about the spate of terror attacks in the country.
” When last year in its first official outing, the leaders of the APC said terrorism in Nigeria would disappear within 100 days of APC leadership, Nigerians did ask if they knew the characters in crime and their sponsors . APC gave silence as an answer while Nigerians kept wondering. Today, the Party has released its manifesto with loud silence on the matter so that Nigerians would not raise further questions on the face behind the terrorism mask,” Mr. Metuh said.
Taking the APC to task on job creation and war on corruption, which the party projected as cardinal on its manifesto, the PDP said the APC had no credible recipe for job creation nor had it shown the strength of character to fight corruption more than the PDP does at the moment.
“The PDP created anti corruption agencies, the ICPC, the EFCC and established the Freedom of Information Act to further give teeth to the war on graft. The PDP led federal government has also shown no preferences in its battle on corruption as senior party leaders as well relations have at one time or another been made to face the law on charges of corruption,” the PDP spokesperson said.
“On the contrary , the leaders of the APC are the grand patrons of corruption, as could be seen from the South West APC states where a kilometer of road is awarded at N1 billion in a topography that compares nowhere to the marshy South South and where the self styled leader imperially superintendents the finances of six states with mind boggling cases of corruption. ”
Mr. Metuh alleged that the APC had defended the suspended Central Bank Governor, Lamido Sanusi, because the leaders of the party had benefited immensely from Mr. Sanusi’s “regime of sleaze.”
“A fraudulent N84 billion contract was awarded to a leader of the party while another N5 billion was paid to another stalwart of the party as consultancy fee,” Mr. Metuh stated.
According to the PDP spokesperson, nothing showcased the anti-democratic ambience of the APC than its inability to conduct a properly constituted congress and convention to elect its substantive officers almost a year after formation.
“The strange bed fellows have merged but the structures are refusing to integrate, hence , crisis and disagreements in its ranks. This disagreements played out on the high table today at the party’s summit as one of its leaders , Senator Modu Sherif, pointedly accused the leadership and the organisers of excluding and marginalising a section of its founders. With persistent in-fighting at this cradle, how does APC hope unify Nigerians and guarantee the survival of democracy,” Mr. Metuh asked.
The PDP further described as tissue of lies, the claim by the APC that it was the first party to lunch a code of conduct.
” In 2006, the PDP launched a comprehensive code of conduct under an ominibus entitled “Survival Kit.” This kit contained documents such as Desirable Qualities Of A Member and Code of Conduct for PDP aspirants and candidates. We also have the Peoples Democratic Institute, an intellectual arm of the party whose major work is the systemic research, inculcation and internalisation of democratic ethos,” Mr. Metuh pointed out.
The PDP spokesperson also criticised the recent opinion poll by the APC.
“They sponsored same in Anambra and their governorship candidate, Chris Ngige, came a distant third. This is after they sponsored same in Ondo where its candidate in the governorship election, Rotimi Akeredolu, also came third,” he said.
The ruling party spokesperson alleged that the APC planned to balkanise Nigeria and cause disaffection among the people. He cited the deportation of some destitute people by the APC Lagos government to their home states as evidence.
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