The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has lambasted the All Progressives Congress (APC) over what it called the ruling party’s inability to accept, with equanimity, constructive criticisms of their administration.
In a statement issued by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, the party said it was unfortunate that the APC and its leaders, who gleefully and unjustifiably poured invectives on former President Goodluck Jonathan in the guise of playing the role of an opposition party, would now not want to condone criticisms.
“Unlike the APC that denigrated the office and person of former President Jonathan by wrongly depicting him as ‘clueless and incompetent’, the PDP remains the most decent, mature and constructive opposition party in our democracy and we have evidenced great respect for the person and exalted office of President Muhammadu Buhari.
“During the Goodluck Jonathan presidency, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, while in the saddle as interim Deputy National Secretary of the APC, in a post on his twitter page, described President Jonathan as ‘lazy, docile, incompetent, clueless, hopeless and useless leader. Other APC leaders made raining abuses on Jonathan a past time.”
Buhari is not God
The party had earlier accused President Muhammadu Buhari of being a tyrant, a position it reiterated, citing Buhari’s comment about the continued detention of a former National Security Adviser, Colonel Sambo Dasuki and Nnamdi Kanu of Radio Biafra.
“Also from his responses, the President has even pronounced a guilty verdict on Col Sambo Dasuki and Nnamdi Kanu of Radio Biafra even before the hearings by the courts. Sadly, even the international community has noted this brazen scorn and disdain for the independence of the judiciary,” the PDP’s statement further read.
The opposition party claimed that the “National Chairman of the APC, John Oyegun magisterially and dictatorially warned that ‘we (APC) may not condone such anymore.’ Our position in the PDP is that we are in trouble as a nation”.
Responding to My Oyegun’s statement the PDP said: “All we hear from the APC regarding our freedom is ‘we won’t tolerate’, ‘we won’t condone.’ Are these words used by democrats or tyrants”?
It further claimed that the APC-led Federal Government had a plan to completely decimate the opposition party by raking up all manner of allegations of corruption against the Goodluck Jonathan administration and leaders of the PDP, with a view to taking them to court on orchestrated charges.
It, however, said that its joy is in the fact that “President Buhari is not God”. “We will not worship him.”
Buhari sent by God – Mbaka
Meanwhile, fiery charismatic priest and founder of Adoration Ministry Enugu, the Reverend Father Ejike Mbaka has called on Nigerians to give President Buhari all necessary support, saying that Buhari was sent by God to rescue Nigeria.
Rev Mbaka made the call in his 2016 New Year message which he delivered before millions of worshipers in Enugu on Friday morning during which he raised the alarm over alleged plans to kill Buhari owing to his anti-corruption fight. He said inter alia:
“Nigeria, as we speak now, economically, security wise is in the intensive care unit; if the oxygen is removed, Nigeria will die, people of God prayed, from here and there and God gave us Buhari. God has told us that Buhari is prayer answered; President Buhari is an answered prayer; whether you hate him or like him, Buhari is prayer answered; the Bishops of Nigeria, the Catholic Bishops prayed against bribery and corruption and this President came with a charter that has to do with war against corruption; all the prayers we have been doing about bribery and corruption, God answered it in Buhari who decided not to discriminate; there is nothing like religious or political discrimination in Buhari’s government. He needs all the support, unstoppable support; spiritual and otherwise; because if he is not the man in power now, had it been the last regime continued, by now, Nigeria would be for sale. All the monies voted to buy this and but that few people stole it; but we see joblessness, many have died because of a few people, and these same people want to use you to engineer crisis that Igbos are marginalized, nobody is marginalized; nobody marginalized us.
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