PDP blasts ACN over selection of Akeredolu as Ondo guber candidate

The Peoples Democratic Party has blasted the Action Congress of Nigeria over the procedure it adopted in selecting a former President of the Nigeria Bar Association as its candidate for the October 20 governorship election in Ondo State.

Reacting to the emergence of Mr. Rotimi as the opposition party’s candidate through a consensus arrangement, the PDP said it was unfortunate that internal democracy was still alien to the ACN that parades itself as the champion of democracy.

“The Action Congress of Nigeria has once more demonstrated it’s inability to imbibe basic democratic practices,” the PDP spokesperson, Olisa Metuh, said in a statement.  “This is a party that consistently preaches strict adherence to the tenets of democracy, yet is engaging in acts that deepen the culture of electoral impunity.”

Mr Metuh said it was unfortunate that a leading opposition party such as the ACN could disregard due process and engage in such practices of dictatorship that could have negative consequences on the growth of democracy. 

The statement said, “The lack of due process leading to the emergence of the ACN gubernatorial candidate in Ondo State is a window into the internal workings of the ACN.

“The hand-picking of Mr. Akeredolu by the leadership of the party in Lagos, far away from Akure, can neither substitute nor equalize a free and fair congress where the most popular aspirant would have emerged. Wherever and whenever the decision of a tiny clique disqualifies the wish of the majority, democracy has indeed been truncated.”

“It is very clear that close to thirty aspirants who were jostling for the ticket were denied the opportunity to test their popularity against Akeredolu. Who then contested against him and who voted? In what congress did he emerge and who were the delegates? Where did it take place and when?

The PDP further said it was not surprised at the turn of events in the ACN since the party had not left Nigerians in any doubt of its preference for clique tyranny. It however said the impunity with which the party justifies this democratic aberration should be of serious concern to all Nigerians .

“It is on record that the ACN has never held any popular congress either for the election of its officers or for its candidates for various elections. In 2011 general elections, all it’s candidates were chosen in a room in Lagos while it’s National Convention earlier in 2010 in Benin was a mockery of democracy. We are rather concerned that other smaller opposition parties may begin to copy the ACN as a model in opposition politics.”

According  to the PDP, even if the ACN eventually bow to pressure and decide to conduct an open congress for its Ondo gubernatorial flag bearer, it would still be an exercise in futility since its leaders had zeroed their mind on Mr. Akeredolu.

“The congress is bound to produce a pre-determined result,” the ruling party said.



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  • Saeedinusa

    PDP you no dey sheme so you don forget all what you did in nigeria gerrout.

  • Bila

    Na wah oh, wetin come concern PDP 4 ACN mata? See pot calling kettle black, abeg, clear 4 road.

    • Jamesdaniel360

      True to type. If it’s another Lai Muhammad would cry more than bereaved. The fact that everything about ONDO is being decided in TINUBU Lagos sitting room call for concern. That gives an insight of what ACN is all about party few clique for the clique. Akeredola led 22 SAN to Abuja to defend TINUBU. Why so you think it’s impossible to prosecute the corrupt fellow. Ondo people should know their common wealth will be appropriated and shared from Lagos as it’s done in Ekiti.

  • akeebaba

    Easy,ACN would lose in ondo election it is a simple arithimetic,as for PDP,what is your business in ACN matter,any way i think i do understand now,PDP knows they cannot win the election in ondo state and they are quick to expose the underbelly of thier rival,and to pave way for MIMIKO returns and of course the eventual defection of MIMIKO to PDP after winning the second term,good logic you might think.

  • Dejimi

    PDP shame on you, what’s ur business in How ACN choose’s to run its party, do u think ACN will all in d names of primaries let people kill demselves, rather than all you bunch of fools in d party consentrate on how Jonah go rule NAIJA well. Leave ACN alone do your own and let us see.

  • Austeen

    Who is crying foul over the way and manner the Action Congress of Nigeria decided on their candidate Rotimi Akeredolu for the October Guber polls in Ondo state.
    Please may I humbly remind Metuh and the People Democratic Party of their recently held Kangaroo National Convention of which he is a beneficiary. It will be recalled his present Chairman Bamanga Tukur wasn’t the popular candidate of the North East, Babayo even flawed him in preliminary poll held in Bauchi or so. But what did we get, Leaders of the party selected from Presidency to the other positions candidates of their choice.
    1. President Jonathan handpicked Bamanga Tukur for President.
    2. Rotimi Amechi handpicked Sam Jaja for V. president.
    3. Olusegun Obasanjo railroaded Olagunsoye Oyinlola into the Secretariat as Secretary.
    The list is endless of PDP’s senseless handpicking. This happen both at National and various states level.
    Mr Metuh, never come to equity with soiled hands.

  • Baami

    Sorry folks, all I recall is that Rotimi Akeredolu was there when it most mattered for this nation–the entire nation. Can just imagine the potential transformation of that most abused state by Akeredolu, and in spite of the creativity of its people. I congratulate the good people of Ondo State. Good luck Aketi and your host of dedicated comrades that we already know.

    • Sandra

      Oh, pls, Baaami, or whatever u can urself, let us hear something better. What transformation is he going to bring? Let him come out to a debate…