The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says the violence that erupted during last weekend’s local government elections in Akwa Ibom should be blamed on the activities of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN). The ruling party, which won all the local government seats, claims the elections were characterised by “ballot box snatching and hooliganism resulting in the loss of lives”.
The party spokesperson, Olisa Metuh, in a statement released Sunday in Abuja, “warned the leadership of the ACN to desist from the violent acts which has become their signature”.
“It appears that the ACN members are misguided by the word “Action” in their name which they believe is synonymous with war, fighting, blackmail, abuse and intimidation,” he said.
The ACN, he added, has relied on these “archaic, barbaric and terror- related guerrilla tactics to gain undue and undeserved political advantage in the past. But all that will no longer work, starting from the imminent elections in Edo State. This is a promise from the PDP”.
In response, the spokesperson of the ACN, Lai Mohammed, said it has become the standard of the PDP to accuse the ACN whenever its failings become apparent adding that the PDP is only trying to cover up its rigging and incompetence.
“It’s a bloody waste of time responding to the lies and misinformation by the PDP, they are incompetent and they have put the whole countryinto trouble and hardship galore.
“Whenever they have done their rigging, they will promptly start accusing someone of violence. Is it ACN that is responsible for all the Boko Haram bombings, or the corruption in the National Assembly, or the fuel subsidy scandal? And even the N156BN Malabu oil scandal, are they all perpetrated by the ACN?
“I am sure, very soon they will say ACN is responsible for even the Dana crash,” said Mr. Mohammed.