The governing All Progressives Congress (APC) yesterday chided the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for calling on both the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof Yakubu Mahmoud and the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris to resign.
Describing it as the opposition’s “baseless suspicions ahead of the 2019 general elections”, the APC said PDP’s latest outburst is indicative that the opposition party is being hunted by its past activities.
In a statement signed by its national publicity secretary, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, the APC ascribed the concerns raised by the party as “scaremongering”, just as it called on relevant agencies to monitor the PDP and ensure they never return to power.
The statement made available to LEADERSHIP reads: “We are amused by the latest utterances of the Chairman, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Uche Secondus calling on both the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Yakubu Mahmoud and the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Idris Ibrahim to resign on account of the PDP’s baseless suspicions ahead of the 2019 General Elections.
“It is a pity that the once boisterous PDP, having undermined the country for 16 years through mindless undemocratic actions, has now become a caricature of a political party.
“This latest outburst is yet another reminder of how the PDP government serially abused state institutions in the pursuit of selfish political and economic interests. PDP is now being haunted by its sordid past and the ruinous party is now scampering from its own shadow”.
APC regretted that the PDP has continued to take Nigerians for granted, “thinking that by embarking on scaremongering, the voters could forget their wanton crimes”.
Issa-Onilu continued: “Nigerians are not gullible; it is now apparent that the PDP in a bid to hide its inadequacies and undesirability as elections approaches, has chosen to populate the public space with unfounded allegations.
“The All Progressives Congress (APC) continues to stand for and would defend a participatory democracy where elections are transparent, credible, free and fair. We also call on relevant agencies to monitor the PDP as its recent utterances are a red flag. We must prevent a reoccurrence of the PDP’s typical undemocratic practices during elections. Never again will a selfish few distort the wishes of the electorate.”