By Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abujaâ€¨
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has asked Nigerians not to be swayed by what it described as the diversionary antics of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) aimed at deflecting attention from the wanton culture of impunity and corruption it instituted when it held sway.
The ruling party said it was baffled by the PDPâ€™s new found proclivity for constantly spewing falsehood in the name of opposition rhetoric and politics.
Against the background of a recent statement by a spokesperson of the PDP in which the ruling party was accused of among others, corruption, sectionalism and opposition clampdown, in the build up to the 2019 elections, APC said that nothing could be farther from the truth.
In a statement issued yesterday by its National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, APC accused the PDP of claiming imaginary persecution while willfully ignoring the efforts being made to literally clear the mess they created.
APC said while it is a widely-known fact that suppressing the opposition was the stock in trade of the PDP during its defunct 16-year rule, the APC has definitely not inherited this undemocratic practice in its governance style under President Muhammadu Buhari or in its internal politics.
â€œNigerians will recall how past PDP administrations illegally and routinely used state apparatus to harass opposition figures as seen in the attack on the APC data centre, blockade of the air and road routes to prevent movement of then opposition leaders in the lead up to the 2015 elections, among other clampdowns that are too numerous to list,â€ it said.
APC further described as laughable conspiracy, the allegation by the PDP that the President Buhari-led administration had engaged in barefaced looting without providing any proof.
While dismissing the opposition partyâ€™s alleged antics, APC said: â€œElections are around the corner and Nigerians are not gullible. They see through the PDPâ€™s diversionary antics aimed at deflecting attention from the wanton culture of impunity and corruption it instituted when it held sway.
â€œThe PDP is quick to forget the divisive, insensitive and sectional politics it played during the 2015 electioneering campaign when its womenâ€™s wing led by a former first lady denigrated the countryâ€™s north as parasitic and unwilling to educate and cater for its young populace. Infact, the PDP-led administration at the time pointedly regarded the Boko Haram insurgency as a northern affair.
â€œDo we forget the PDP administrationâ€™s unwillingness to operate the now implemented Treasury Single Account (TSA) which has greatly plugged government revenue leakages? Do we forget the voodoo economics, reckless fiscal policies and shocking pillage of the public treasury perpetuated during past PDP administrations?
â€œDo we forget confessions by the immediate-past finance minister and coordinating minister of the economy, reporting â€œzero political will to saveâ€ under the immediate-past administration.
â€œDo we forget the $2.2 billion anti-insurgency funds fraudulently diverted and disbursed by the erstwhile National Security Adviser to political associates of the immediate-past President and PDP members, while our military personnel on the frontlines were ill-equipped and demoralised, resulting in many avoidable deaths and the maiming of our gallant men in uniform?
â€œFor one, Nigerians generally agree that the era of impunity is beginning to disappear from our national life. There is a gradual acceptance of the best practice and time-honoured values of honesty, hardwork, patriotism, abhorrence of corruption, accountability and integrity in our everyday life,â€ it said .
The ruling party said PDPâ€™s narrative was anchored on the belief that if they continue to throw these wild allegations around, somehow Nigerians will forget what they truly represent and the atrocities that they (PDP) has committed against the country.
â€œAlas, Nigerians are wiser now and our memories are longer. We can forgive, but we will not forget.
â€œWe urge Nigerians to remain steadfast to our collective task of achieving the Nigeria of our dreams. With the prayers and support for the administration, we will propel the country on the path growth in all facets,â€ the party said.