The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has denied reports by the umbrella body of political parties in the country that the ruling party is behind the crisis plaguing the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), one of the major opposition parties.
The Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP) had alleged that APGA is in crisis because of the actions of the PDP.
In a statement Thursday by PDP’s national publicity secretary, Olisa Metuh, the party said it “cannot be held responsible for the inability of any group to discipline its members and peacefully organize themselves”.
“The fact that fringe political associations have been unable to manage even the slightest disagreements amongst themselves is a clear evidence of their unpreparedness to administer a complex society like Nigeria,” Mr. Metuh added.
PDP said the cry by the CNPP only goes to show that the association lacks the basic democratic tenants of sacrificing individual interests for the larger group.
“We in the PDP are proud of our heritage as a political movement deeply entrenched in the pursuit of the best democratic practices.
“We are not ashamed to admit that we have had our own share of internal conflicts, but what sets us above the rest is our ability to skillfully manage them and emerge even stronger,” Mr. Metuh added.
The party’s spokesperson also said the reason why other political parties get torn apart by internal strife is simply because “they are formed to serve narrow selfish and ethnic interests”.
“They do not possess the ability to mobilize a national consensus. They are indeed extensions of the personal empires of the clique that run them”.
Mr. Metuh said it is worrisome that rather than confront the challenges that face them, opposition parties have “resorted to escapist methods, blaming those who have painstakingly put their house in order and shown the capacity to lead”.
“We urge those in the CNPP to look elsewhere in their search for the reasons of their travails and refrain from unnecessary name calling,” he added.
The opposition parties on Wednesday accused the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) of fanning the divisions manifesting in the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), leading to the suspension of its national chairman, Victor Umeh.
The Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP) said the governing party is behind the crisis with the intention of overrunning the APGA’s south-east stronghold.