The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, on Thursday stated that by appointing Asiwaju Bola Tinubu to lead the All Progressives Congress, APC, Reconciliation Committee, President Muhammadu Buhari is now “looking for those to use once again; to beguile Nigerians, ahead of the 2019 elections”.
It derided the choice of Tinubu for the assignment, who the party said has openly expressed concerns and disapprovals on the mismanagement of the economy and “whose large constituents are direct victims of the ineptitude, impunity, nepotism, dictatorial tendencies, corruption and insecurity that has characterised the Buhari presidency”.
The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, who made this assertion in a statement, said the presidency had become so panicky that it had effectively hijacked the functions of the leadership of its alleged “dysfunctional and ideologically-vacuous All Progressives Congress,” by appointing people into partisan offices, outside the much-desired responsibility of governance.
“There is widespread disenchantment and indignation across the nation, resulting from hunger and the inability of the Buhari presidency to provide the people with basic necessities of life, which they had always enjoyed in the past.
“Nigerians are, therefore, waiting to see how Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, who has also openly expressed his concerns and disapprovals on the mismanagement of the economy and whose large constituents are direct victims of the ineptitude, impunity, nepotism, dictatorial tendencies, corruption and insecurity that has characterised the Buhari presidency, will now turn around to preach that all is well and attempt to sell a practically bad product to the nation.
“It is instructive to further state that the desperate move by the presidency, to politically prey on individuals, is mere foolhardiness and a totally decadent approach to pitch key leaders against the people on an issue that has already been thrown overboard.
“This is more so as the political institutions and front runners that threw up the Buhari presidency in 2015 have now, not only regretted their actions, but have also, strongly advised that president Buhari should not contemplate contesting a second term in office,” said Ologbondiyan.
The PDP added that Nigerians are presently suffering from pains inflicted on them by the APC hence no amount of manipulation of individuals and public institution can make the people change their resolve to vote out the APC in 2019.
“The PDP, therefore, finds APC’s attempt to reconcile its dwindling ranks as laughable, cosmetic and politically inconsequential. It will interest the APC to know that Nigerians are already rallying with the repositioned and rebranded PDP as we are poised to present a credible, competent and reliable candidate through a free, fair and transparent presidential primary,” the opposition party said.
In its reaction, the ruling APC asked the opposition party to steer clear of its internal affairs.
The National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Bolaji Abdullahi, was reported as saying, “Why are they worried about the internal affairs of our party? If the spokesman for the PDP has nothing to say he should shut up, what’s their business with our reconciliation?
“Why are they concerned that we may not be able to achieve reconciliation? They should leave us alone. They should mind their business; we are ready to take them on issues of governance and policy that should be the focus of opposition not our internal affairs.”