Convention: PDP replies APC; says ruling party jittery, ‘clutching on straws’

Akpabio delivering goodwill message on behalf of the National Assembly.

The Peoples Democratic Party has lambasted the ruling All Progressives Congress for condemning its Saturday’s national convention which threw up new leaders for the opposition party.

The APC had in a statement on Sunday morning described the PDP convention as characterised by vote buying and ballot rigging, saying the exercise exposed the opposition party as a platform with corruption in its DNA.

“The abnormalities that trailed the PDP National Convention have further exposed the PDP as a Party not ready and willing to change,” the ruling party said through its spokesperson, Bolaji Abdullahi. “Indeed, the PDP has once again displayed itself to the generality of Nigerians that it is a Party with corruption deeply rooted in its DNA.”

But in a statement circulated Sunday night, the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, shot back, saying having failed Nigerians and violated its own constitution, the APC lacked the credibility to discredit his party’s national convention.

“Nigerians have come to discover that APC is a fraud, an organization of deceitful characters who have failed to keep a single of its countless promises made to the citizens,” Mr. Ologbondiyan said.

Read the PDP full statement below. The APC’s earlier statement is here.

PDP Convention: APC Jittery, Clutching On Straws.

Our attention has been drawn to a statement credited to the spokesman of the All Progressive Congress (APC) Malam Bolaji Abdulahi, wherein he criticized the conduct of the elective National Convention of our great party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

It is indeed laughable that the APC which has roundly failed in not only managing the affairs of the country but also its own internal issues would recourse to panic mode just because the PDP has succeeded in uniting its fronts by conducting of a very credible elective National Convention.

We were very much aware of the plots by the APC to scuttle the convention and failing it has resorted to a failed attempt to discredit an elective convention that has been adjudged as creditable, novel and laudable by political stakeholders and lovers of democracy across the nation.

This unwarranted attack is only symptomatic of a party that has lost control and only clutching on straws for survival having been outrightly rejected by Nigerians.

Is it not disgusting, reprehensible and embarrassing that the APC that has repeatedly failed to hold meetings, congresses and convention in the last three years and has flagrantly continued to violate its own constitution is questioning our party’s rights to perform her legitimate and constitutional obligation?

Perhaps APC leaders have never read Article 25 (A)(i) of their party’s Constitution which stipulates that “the National Convention of the party (APC) shall be held once in two years at a date, venue and time to be recommended by the National Working Committee (NWC) and approved by the National Executive Committee (NEC) subject to the giving of the statutory notices to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and at least 14 days notice given to members eligible to attend.”

Which impunity could be higher than APC violating its constitution? It is strange that APC could be moralizing on the principles of social justice whereas its actions against Nigerians are a complete departure from the norms.

It is important for this spokesman of a failed party and his pack of incompetent members to reminisce on the needless pains and suffering they have inflicted on Nigerians rather than being jittery over the successful outcome of the PDP’s elective national convention.

Nigerians have come to discover that APC is a fraud, an organization of deceitful characters who have failed to keep a single of its countless promises made to the citizens.

It is no longer news that the nation is drifting under APC and the PDP has come to the rescue. We must therefore remind the APC that the era of deceit, trickery and scaremongering, which has been the hallmarks of their government, is gone and Nigerians are just waiting to kick them out come 2019.

Signed:

Kola Ologbondiyan

National Publicity Secretary


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  • Ish Adam

    Good jab Kola. APC is still living in la la land.

    • Night Crawler

      You are the one dreaming because you did not see the handwriting on the wall which says Nigerians do not want pdp again

      • woman leader1

        Ignore the guy he his a dreamer.

    • daygea

      You are the one deceiving yourself. Wake up from your slumber.

    • woman leader1

      Trash

  • Darlington

    The game has just begun! APC is fidgeting.

    • Otile

      A useless party led by a brainless man.

      • Samie

        APC and PDP are useless. None is good, period.

        • daygea

          It is PDP that is bad.

    • Samie

      2019 is near just wait.

      • progressive

        Buhari all the way is it that dead ATIKU that want to rule a man that should be ashamed he is not even popular it shows that ATIKU is not ahold politician he is really hungry for power by aLl means

      • woman leader1

        Pmb for sure

    • daygea

      APC can never fidget because they are doing a great job.

      • woman leader1

        Apc is doing what Nigerians want.

    • progressive

      Which game has begun a convention without no delegate

    • front man

      You are sick

  • Bassey Frank

    If you are ready for the game, equip yourselves with the desired propaganda machinery, get active in the media, set up a newspaper house, or reactive a dormant one. Seventy per cent of APC success is propaganda. You have never equaled them on that.

    • THEARGUMENTATOR1

      APC will always be at the Top. for they have the right leaders to put Nigeria on the right part. PDP want to come again and loot the once APC is gathering and the rest the left behind.

      • greatbiodun

        They are only joking, nothing else

        • woman leader1

          Sure

      • Bassey Frank

        Looting is going on on a daily basis. Grass cutters are looting. Ikoyi apartment residents are looting. Maina and those who brought him back, reinstated him, promoted him are looting. Our …. is silent. A military officer’s two wives have properties in Dubai. A top govt official reportedly received N500 million from a telecom company … Looters or Savers? Oando funds have been looted; someone is saying, “Do not investigate Oando” …. Looters from PDP? We are now wiser.

    • progressive

      Is what you know how to do best that you are talking about , we all know the propaganda list pdp caused when they were in power they never did nothing when they were in power is it not the same joNathan that told the whole world that stealing is not corruption.

      • Bassey Frank

        And now our President is bringing back a fugitive thieve, protect him, reinstate him, protect him and when the burble blew he said, “Sack him” ….. Is this corruption or stealing? Please respond; I am waiting.

    • daygea

      Rubbish comment.

      • Bassey Frank

        To an expired mind.

    • front man

      Trash

    • dele20

      What are you saying?

      • Bassey Frank

        Ask those that have understanding.

        • dele20

          Your comment lacks common sense I mean

          • Bassey Frank

            You deserve pity. Nothing upstairs.

  • Annabelle

    Very well, the same way PDP and Jonathan clutched for straws!!! Nigerian politicians and pastors are all corrupt scammers! PDP, APC or whatever name they evolve into, are all con artists whom the Nigerian public has enabled by their ignorance and desire for instant gratification. Nigerians, open your eyes and see how these politicians and pastors are degrading and abusing you. Their time is up!!!

    • progressive

      You made a mistake pdp was the worst party Nigerians has ever mistakenly voted for because they were in power for almost 16 yrs they did nothing they are now regrouping to come back again they must be joking the Era of impunity is over .

      • Annabelle

        They’re all the same corrupt politicians and we keep recycling them. Nigerians, have you not suffered enough? Wake up and lets stand against these thieves and their pastor enablers!!!

    • daygea

      APC is a party that means well for all Nigerians unlike the useless PDPigs

      • dele20

        PDP is popularly known for corruption

    • front man

      APC still remain the only party we can trust

      • dele20

        I absolutely agree with you

  • Kenny

    Deceit! Deceit!! Deceit!!! That’s APC’s nickname. Poverty lines have become more pronounced under PMB’s RULERSHIP.

    • NaijaMindOfChange

      Tai…u are blindfolded ode

    • progressive

      Pdp is know for people deceiving people

      • dele20

        PDP can no longer deceive us in Nigeria, we are now wise

    • woman leader1

      You make no sense

  • NaijaMindOfChange

    OK wait o…but u pple still want apc member to join u looters….pdp is a deceit

    • Olatubosun

      Pdp is no where to be found

    • Night Crawler

      No one takes them serious, they should go and rest because their time is up

  • Olatubosun

    Pdp is dead party

  • Olatubosun

    Pdp is being buried long time ago….
    We will soon do the burial ceremony of pdpig

    • dele20

      Sure

  • Olatubosun

    God bless Nigeria and God bless Buhari and his cabinets

    • Night Crawler

      Soonet than later we will see some light at the end of the tunnel

      • dele20

        That is for sure

    • dele20

      Amen

  • daygea

    PDP is long dead and gone. No Nigerian will ever vote them in against looking at all the atrocities they committed while in power.

    • greatbiodun

      well said

    • front man

      Dead party

    • dele20

      PDP is dead, embalmed and buried

  • Omoba

    Even when they have guns they can’t kill lion & now that they have only bare hands they still claimed they want to kill lion lmaooo.PDP should go & rest jorrr.

    • Night Crawler

      Their time is up, I still don’t know who’s deceiving them, pdp is dead on arrival

    • greatbiodun

      lol,they re nothing for a joker

    • front man

      Naso

    • dpfrank

      PDP is a sick party

  • greatbiodun

    There is no false in this assertion , I agreed totally with the ruling party . Nigeria don’t need a political party which is an epitome of corruption. God bless Nigeria

    • daygea

      Very correct. PDP will only draw the country backwards and Nigerians do not want that.

      • dele20

        Rust is exactly the reason why we the masses will all say no to the corrupt party “PDP”

    • woman leader1

      No doubt about that, Nigerians are wise now… We must be corruption free.

      • dele20

        That is why we need to support this ruling party

        • woman leader1

          Sure

    • THEARGUMENTATOR1

      I strongly believe Nigerians knows PDP for there looting and believing stealing is no crime for them to carry all our money outside the country to save in foreign banks for them to develop there own country when Nigeria needs it more. APC all the way not looting party anymore.

      • front man

        Well contributed

        • dele20

          The guy is right

      • dele20

        As we all know that eyes are for sight,we also know that PDP is for corruption.

      • dpfrank

        Well stated

    • front man

      God bless Nigeria

      • dele20

        Amen

    • suleiman

      Really? And what about the $26 billion missing from the NNPC accounts? Who is the Minister of Petroleum Resources? Did I just read that the National Assembly is investigating the Central Bank for missing $60 billion. Is this happening under PDP? How about the Mainagate in which the President is complicit? Many of you are simply idiots that are being turned around like fufu!

      • dpfrank

        You are a foulmouthed pigg without respect for authorities

    • dele20

      Amen, this ruling party is really working great

    • dpfrank

      Amen

  • progressive

    You can imagine this useless pdp they are saying Apc jittery I don’t know what they are saying a party that did convention and now start sharing power you can see how clueless they it has shown that they have indeed go into relegation

    • dpfrank

      PDP is a drowning party

  • progressive

    Where are the useless wailing wailers they have gone into hiding .

    • front man

      Correct

  • progressive

    Buhari will not be distracted by this few idiotic pdp e rats because they have nothing tof bring on board

    • THEARGUMENTATOR1

      PMB has no time and I Love Mr President for that. He is neva distracted.

      • Charger

        A party full of lies, propaganda, intimidation, oppression,bullying,killing(running away with the body of their helpless victims to cover up),sectional,dictatorial and e.t.c.,. When the righteous is in power, the people rejoice. At this time, we hear cries of hunger,poverty,killing of oppressed people in the south,East and west, prices of basic items going up,poor nigerians fleeing oppressive policies sold as slaves( some dead,… May the HOLY of Holies deliver the oppressed and their generation.

        • dpfrank

          You and your PDP are notorious for corruption and wickedness, you can never get to power in Nigeria

      • dele20

        Exactly, PMB is a man of focus, no distraction

    • suleiman

      Who is PDP and who is APC? Does changing party change your character? We still have the PDP crooks aka Ameachi, El-Rufai, Saraki, Dogora and the pack of criminals that now call themselves APC. The only idiotic people to my mind are you who have no brains and can be easily deceived of the change mantra that is simply deceiving knucle heads like you!

      • dpfrank

        You are a f00lish man who knows nothing about politics

    • dele20

      Tue incorruptible Buhari is a true leader

    • dpfrank

      Well said

  • progressive

    Nobody is wishing pdp to come back again because they have caused alot of atrocity

    • front man

      Never

    • dele20

      PDP really sucked Nigeria to a skeletal structure

  • THEARGUMENTATOR1

    Great party kwa.. ..pdp is a failed party and are looking to get back to power at every opportunity they get. APC far better than the lootings party.

    • front man

      Well spoken

    • dele20

      I concur with you

    • dpfrank

      Nigerians can never vote PDP into power

  • woman leader1

    Pdp is a failed party that are running up and down to get back into power.

    • dele20

      Nigeria is wise, no way for corruption party, PDP is a corruption Party

      • woman leader1

        Sure, no more corruption, we are wise and we know what we want now.

      • woman leader1

        Yes oo, we know what we want now.

    • dpfrank

      PDP can never win the presidential election in Nigeria

      • woman leader1

        Certainly!

  • woman leader1

    We say No to failure, No to a failed party like pdp.

    • dele20

      PDP has failed Nigeria, Tue party ruined Nigeria completely

      • woman leader1

        Sure

    • dpfrank

      No to PDP

  • woman leader1

    May God continue to bless Nigeria and our leaders

    • dele20

      Amen

    • dpfrank

      Amen

  • front man

    This useless people democraze party pdp doesn’t know and understand what Good people of Nigeria wanted, all this tactics they are using won’t help them

    • dele20

      Nigerians are wise, PDP is only meant for corruption

  • front man

    Pdp is just a failed party

    • dele20

      PDP is failure

    • dpfrank

      A dead party

  • front man

    Nigerians are very wise now, we know what we want

  • owoicho owoicho

    Those who want God to run their lives like Buhari/APC run Nigeria please say “Amen!”
    Thank you……..

    • Annabelle

      God is not running anybody’s life, he’s given each one the free will. Nigerians, open your eyes and stop your pastors and politicians from deceiving you with God while they steal your money to send their children abroad and live the good life. They’re all corrupt, pastors and politicians!!!

    • dpfrank

      You are a pigg

  • dele20

    PDP=failure

  • share Idea

    Looking at the thread of comment against this article, it is now very clear to even the gullible that APC have robots that post programmed messages using different handles like @oladimejiisiakabamidele:disqus , @disqus_DudxXPEKct:disqus, @woman_leader:disqus, @nightcrawler098:disqus …etc

    • Annabelle

      Guys, we all need to fight against this deprivation of Nigerians, while these politicians and pastors steal and share our common wealth. This isn’t about party, they’re all stinking corrupt, flying abroad for their medical care while the common man dies of ordinary malaria because our rulers have killed the hospitals. It’s a shame the hell hole they’ve turned Nigeria into!!!

    • dpfrank

      Stop accusing decent Nigerians wrongly

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    PDP is a notorious and dead party

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  • thusspokez

    The APC had in a statement on Sunday morning described the PDP convention as characterised by vote buying and ballot rigging, saying the exercise exposed the opposition party as a platform with corruption in its DNA.

    The PDP convention was a public relation (PR) shamble and disaster. Instead of celebrating the outcome, members were all over the media accusing one another of vote ringing and corruption. (Now you see why I keep saying that Nigerian political parties are amateurs.)

    Party conventions are one of the few times for parties to maximise their media exposure — most of the media are often there, to cover the annual event. The PDP failed to utilise this moment for maximum positive PR; instead, members used the opportunity to discredit the party.

    Does the PDP even have a professional PR person? A good PR person would have managed the party’s PR more effectively, and would NEVER have tolerated the public squabbling by members following the convention. If the PDP has a PR person, he or she is obviously not fit for purpose.

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