By Andrew Essien, Abuja
The governing All Progressives Congress (APC), yesterday picked holes at the just concluded convention of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) saying the brazen display of votes buying indicated that the party has not changed its ways.
Likening it he party to “A leopard cannot change its spot”, the APC said the party had once again exposed itself to Nigerians that it was a “regional party” with a DNA deeply rooted in corruption.
In a statement signed by the party’s national publicity secretary, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, called members of the PDP with integrity to come and join its ranks.
The statement reads: “In reacting to revelations of how money-for-votes and systematic rigging was brazenly perpetuated during the National Convention of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the All Progressives Congress (APC) is mindful of the popular axiom: “A leopard cannot change its spot”.
“The abnormalities that trailed the PDP National Convention have further exposed the PDP as a Party not ready and willing to change. Indeed, the PDP has once again displayed itself to the generality of Nigerians that it is a Party with corruption deeply rooted in its DNA.
“Again, it is tragic that the PDP which used to pride itself as “the biggest political Party in Africa” has now been reduced to a regional party. By frustrating South West Chairmanship candidates, it is unfortunate that the PDP has decided to punish the South West for not voting for the Party in 2015.
“We urge members of the PDP that can pass the integrity test to join the APC so that we can together bring about the much-needed Change the country deserves.” The statement said.