Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday insisted that the All Progressives Congress, APC, was bent on destroying it in the party’s quest to turn Nigeria into a one-party state.
The ruling PDP also alleged that the APC had been wooing some of its senior members with phantom promises and threats, ostensibly to destabilise the party.
In a statement issued by the PDP Publicity Directorate, which was signed by Richard Ihediwa, the Special Assistant to PDP National Publicity Secretary, the party maintained that APC is plotting to turn Nigeria into a one-party state.
The PDP said apart from luring its members with mouth-watering offers, the APC has also bought over some members of the PDP who were instructed to remain within PDP and cause crisis in the party to weaken it.
“The National Publicity Secretary of our great party, Chief Olisa Metuh stands by the party’s statement that the APC is plotting to impose a one-party system in the country and is now approaching some senior members of the PDP with phantom promises and threats ostensibly to destabilize the party.
“Is Alhaji Lai Mohammed feigning ignorance of the various recent open and nocturnal meetings of his party with highly respected members of the PDP?
“We are aware that as part of the plot, the APC in the past few weeks, has been luring and encouraging some of our members to issue derogatory statements against the leadership of our party. While some of their accomplices have openly decamped, we know that others have been instructed to stay back and cause crisis within our ranks.
“Even in states where they lost, the APC has engaged in violence and instigating crisis all in the bid to impose a one-party system in the country.”
PDP further declared that it has noted the last Friday’s “arrogant and self-serving press statement by the APC National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed”, where he offered to tutor the PDP Publicity Secretary on how to play the role of opposition spokesman.
According to the party, “Alhaji Mohammed in his usual ill-mannered and condemnable approach left the issues and dwelt on insults, disdainful comments and personal attacks.
“PDP National Publicity Secretary does not need Alhaji Mohammed’s so-called six weeks crash course in party publicity. He does not need a course on how to insult and denigrate the office and person of the President of our country.
“He has already made it clear that the PDP will do no such thing but only focus on constructive criticism while presenting credible alternatives to the policies and programmes of the incoming administration in a manner that will promote democracy and the well-being of Nigerians.
“Nobody can learn anything from the APC National Publicity Secretary except abuses, divisiveness, lies and hate campaign. Nigerians know that Lai Mohammed is the originator of hate campaign with which he fouled our contemporary political arena.
“It is to say the least, despicable that his style badly influenced hundreds of young people who now engage in abusing one another on the social media thinking that such is what publicity is all about.
“For emphasis, we ask Alhaji Mohammed to go back to the statements the PDP and APC issued in the last three months and he will realise that while he was busy with hate campaign, raining insults and telling lies, Chief Metuh focused only on points, marketing our candidates while promoting policies and issues that engender national unity, stability and progress. He therefore has nothing to learn from Lai Mohammed.
“The APC spokesman must understand that Chief Metuh is not in any way the weakest link but has only chosen to be mature, humble and civil in dealing with national issues.
“We therefore counsel Alhaji Mohammed to be careful with the way he is parading himself as a Colossus bestriding the globe; otherwise one would think that he is suffering from Narcissist Personality Disorder, NPD.”

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