The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has warned the All Progressives Congress, APC, national leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, to stop playing God, saying Nigerians have the choice of determining the leadership that best suits their desires without being railroaded.
The party also advised Tinubu not to allow himself to be used a second time as he still bears a gross part of the blame for the enthronement of “this incompetent, divisive, nepotic and inherently corrupt administration of President Muhammadu Buhari,” which it alleged has brought Nigeria to its knees in three years.
Tinubu had at a colloquium organised to mark his 66th birthday in Lagos on Thursday advised Nigerians not to accept the apologies tendered by the PDP for its mistakes while in power. He dismissed the apologies as deceitful, saying they sought to hoodwink Nigerians to get a political advantage.
PDP national chairman, Uche Secondus, had on Monday in Abuja, apologised to Nigerians for the mistakes the party made while in power, assuring that the mistakes won’t repeat itself.
But Tinubu described this apology as deceitful, as he accused PDP of seeking to hoodwink Nigerians to get a political advantage.
He added that the PDP brought the country to its knees with massive corruption, saying they should not be allowed to return to power again.
“Nigerians should not accept PDP’s apologies, they are corrupt, they lied, they falsified, they changed figures.
“For 16 years, they made fake promises, gave us fake figures, and they tell us ‘Don’t talk about it’.
“It is like, after catching a thief and he tells you ‘Don’t look at me, go and steal your own’,” he said.
The former Lagos governor said the PDP had the opportunity to transform the country and set it on the path of progress with high oil price and high oil production level.
He said that the PDP, with massive corruption and ineptitude, could not make any meaningful impact in governance, assuring that the change promised by the APC would be delivered by the party.
Reacting few hours later, the PDP national publicity secretary, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, in a statement issued in Abuja asserted that Tinubu’s speech, at his colloquium, rather than being a damage of the PDP, ended up amplifying an admittance of the failure of President Buhari and the APC administration.
He stressed that without listening to the prompting of any politician, Nigerians across the board have taken the liberty to accept PDP’s apology which was made patriotically in the overall interest of national healing, reconciliation, unity and cohesion.
Ologbondiyan said, “The PDP watched with amusement as Asiwaju Tinubu struggled with words to appease President Buhari and give him assurances that he can win a second term election in the face of mass failure both in governance and in their discredited, rejected and troubled platform.
“It was a direct admittance of failure and indictment on President Buhari’s administration, when Asiwaju pointedly told the President that the ship of the nation, under his (Buhari’s) watch, still needs to be rescued, almost three years down the line.
“It is tragic that Asiwaju had to tutor his visitor, who had no policy direction since his election in 2015, by engaging in a revision of the programmes and policies of the PDP, such as the leasing system, the mortgage and pension schemes which boosted the economy and directly impacted on the lives of Nigerians.
“More pathetic is the fact that the APC leader presented the PDP programmes as if he was introducing novel ideas in the economy. This clearly stood with our position that the APC government is incompetent and lacking in ideas of how to move the nation forward.
“While we congratulate the Lagos Governor Emeritus on his birthday, the PDP considers it needful, to forewarn him to study the current ambience of Nigerian politics as it relates to the failures of the Buhari Presidency and the fact that the citizens have since rejected this Presidency and the APC, so that Asiwaju will not find himself swimming against the tide.”