The Labour Party [LP] has accused the All Progressives Congress [APC] of plotting to destabilise Nigeria during the 2015 general elections.
The party’s National Secretary, Olukayode Ajulo, made this known in a statement made available to PREMIUM TIMES on Thursday.
Going by what he described as “unguarded utterances and inciting statements,” Mr. Ajulo said it is evident the APC is interested in causing chaos rather than to win the 2015 polls.
Instead of assisting the government to tackle growing insecurity in the country, he said the APC celebrated insurgency and terrorism while also fanning the embers of chaos across the country.
“The APC campaigns rather than being issue-based are characterised by name-calling, fault-finding and dirty diatribes devoid of plans for Nigerians,” the party secretary stated.
Mr. Ajulo, who made reference to a statement issued in Lagos on Sunday by the APC’s National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, said the main opposition party has finally revealed its evil intention against Nigeria.
Mr. Mohammed had in the statement said President Goodluck Jonathan-led administration got swindled by an impostor in the botched Boko Haram ceasefire deal.
“President Jonathan owes Nigerians an explanation on what has now turned out to be an unprecedented global faux pas. Engaging in cheap damage control by insisting on the genuineness of the deal,” Mr. Mohammed is quoted to have said.
But Mr. Ajulo insisted the lampooning approach adopted by Mr. Mohammed showed how myopic and selfish the APC could go on an issue bordering on national security.
The LP secretary maintained that while vibrant opposition is necessary for democracy to flourish, the nation’s unity and peace must not be sacrificed on the altar of do-or-die politics.
“Apparently, the APC is not set out to win the 2015 general election as it lacks the vision, capacity and strategy to do so,” Mr. Ajulo said.
“Rather, their mission is to make the country ungovernable going by the utterances credited to one of its major presidential contenders.
“It is instructive that the same bellicose posture and politically infantile proclamations presaged the violence that visited the outcome of the presidential polls in 2011. And what is more, certain parts of the country have remained virtually ungovernable since then.
“Nigerians are not unaware of the antecedents of the APC major contenders. The nation will not be hoodwinked with rhetoric aimed at obfuscating the truth and refocusing attention from the personalities the party intends to present for the presidential polls.”
He argued that Nigerians desired presidential candidates who have direct and tenable answers to their basic yearnings, not politicians who promise to cause bloodbath if they fail to have their way at the polls.
Mr. Ajulo said the APC is playing politics with a serious issue like terrorism, a situation that is despised all over the world.
When the United States of America initiated the war on terror, he said both the Democrats and the Republicans viewed it as a national concern and did not reduce the issue to dirty politicking.
The LP, therefore, advised the APC to refrain from further inciting Nigerians and pay due attention to more palpable issues of their fast dwindling followership.
He said, “If the APC has nothing to sell to Nigerians, it should gallantly withdraw from the presidential race.
“Election is at hand. Nigerian workers obviously have a role to play in it and certainly they will determine who will be elected as power belongs to the people,” he said.