Election: APC makes U-turn, congratulates PDP

John Odigie-Oyegun, APC Chairman

The All Progressives Congress, APC, has congratulated the new chairman, Uche Secondus, and other newly-elected officials of the main opposition, Peoples Democratic Party.

The national chairman of APC, John Odigie-Oyegun, said the ruling party “wholeheartedly welcome” opposition and hoped Mr. Secondus would use his “experience garnered over the years to ensure that the PDP assumes its role as a responsible opposition Party in the country”.

“Our Party wholeheartedly welcome opposition because we believe that democracy cannot thrive without a vibrant but responsible opposition that puts the nation first,” Mr. Oyegun-Odigie said in a statement Tuesday. “This will often challenge you to balance partisan interests with overall national considerations.”

The cordial remarks came two days after both parties clashed over the PDP’s elections, characterised by allegations of rigging and manipulation.

Shortly after the polls, the APC said in a statement on Sunday that 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.”

The PDP responded in like manner, labeling the ruling party as an organisation of fraudulent characters that had repeatedly deceived and lied to Nigerians.

“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,” the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, said in a statement.

But in a statement he personally signed, Mr. Oyegun-Odigie expressed his willingness to engage Mr. Secondus “robustly in an atmosphere devoid of acrimony and rancour”.

“I believe that working together we can both elevate the language and temper of politics in our country, thereby providing the enabling environment for democracy to thrive in our country,” he said.


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  • solidarity

    APC aka CPC will return to opposition come 2019..mark my words and thank me later


      No, you’re right.

    • dualpolemedia

      Who is deceiving you?!

  • born Great

    APC introduce hate speech in the politics of Nigeria. They benefited from it and now they want to muscle the opposition into silence.

    • aisha ani

      You are wrong about the hate speech, 2015 was only 2 years ago it was PDP.

      • born Great

        How was it PDP?. Who first called a person clueless, who said monkey and baboon will be socked in blood?

  • joe

    We are tired of APC/Buhari. Lies, false promises, fake news, propaganda, hate speech etc are the hallmark of APC.

    • Tunsj

      We? Speak for yourself.

  • Darlington

    APC, your time is ticking..

    • solidarity

      am certain about that, the signs are there for all to see

  • Timothy

    Everyone knows it and even the new born baby knows it….come 2019 APC fielding Buhari has already won, unless Buhari decides to step aside and support a candidate and by then it would either be a El-Rufai or former EFCC boss Ribadu. Those who are still thinking politics is sentiments…or let me rule now since you have ruled before….you must be worth the stress….all that does not exist in Nigeria’s politics or in politicians nowadays. PDP made a mistake in ensuring its the South-south that gets it….though it has its genuine reasons, which is …..all the preparations of the conventions was money from the South-south….PDP currently is being funded by the South-south who still hold governorship positions and who can still deliver in their states. The South-West can not demand chairmanship when they contribute nothing or less than what the South-south is bringing to the table. So how can they allow South-west become chairman and then hand over presidency to the North and they stay in the background and wait their turn while funding the party…typical case of ‘Monkey dey work Baboon dey chop’. However in their bid to make it seem neutral and that the South-west still has a chance they allowed them to waste their time and money until the last minute when most of them started withdrawing from the race. How sad! Anyways……thats life…..As APC wont make the mistake of the past govt did…they will have to convince people that they have actually done something, no matter how small to show to the world….And I must say…with the little resources they have and short time….I think they have done pretty well compared to PDP who had 16 years. Imagine within the short time APC took over and the little resources available and what they have done……any right thinking man will no doubt agree Buhari’s APC has done well. But there’s a lot still expected of them and there’s a lot need to be done and whether we like it or not….this is democracy…Buhari is no longer in military and can not discipline anyone by force….they have to go to court and because our courts are corrupt no one gets prosecuted and since no one gets prosecuted it seems Buhari is just a barking dog with no action. But in as much as we hate the process or system…the system must be allowed to fix itself….if the youths dont do it….some other generations would…..but before you make noise do you have your voters card? If you dont have….please stop complaining because your complaints are like talking to the wall.

    • aisha ani

      Thank you for this. Almost everyone else seem to think 16 years of looting should not have any effect on the economy….hmmm.

  • Henry

    That is the different between a youth and an elderly man listen to oyegun and bolaji you see why the youth are not ready for leadership