The All Progressives Congress (APC) on Tuesday berated the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over its alleged failure to play the role of an opposition party.
The ruling party spokesman, Lanre Issa-Onilu, stated this in a statement. He said the PDP, rather than engage the governing party intellectually, had instead engaged itself with “idle chatter, propagation of fake news, post-election delusions and other unpatriotic conduct.”
The party, therefore, called on other registered political parties to step up and perform the opposition role, it said the PDP failed to play.
“No doubt, our country deserves a strong and vibrant opposition to play its conventional role in the polity and to deepen democracy. The PDP has shown crass and shocking incapacity to perform that role.
“As a party that believes in democracy and progressive politics, we are worried by this obvious vacuum. No rigorous and intelligent interrogation of the current administration’s policies and programmes by the PDP.
“Just idle chatter, propagation of fake news, post-election delusions and other unpatriotic conducts. This is dangerous for our democracy.
“The APC hereby invites other registered political parties to step up and perform the crucial opposition role the PDP has failed so woefully to play,” he said.
On PDP alleging that the APC has been colluding with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to win elections, the APC spokesman said:
“Is the APC surprised by the PDP’s pointless outbursts? No! This has become the PDP’s stock-in-trade and coping mechanisms following the PDP’s rejection in 2015.”
“The same PDP has maintained a graveyard silence over the election robberies in Zamfara and Rivers states. The APC was punished for allegedly not conducting proper primaries in Zamfara State, while PDP got rewarded in Sokoto and Kano for not conducting any primaries at all.”
“By now, the PDP should have realised that their old underhand political methods no longer work. PDP should adjust to the reality of an emerging political environment where manipulation, intimidation, and brigandage are becoming unhelpful to any political party.”