- The All Progressives Congress (APC) says it is troubled that Nigeria does not have a formidable opposition
- The APC laments that instead of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to take the position, it is engaged in frivolities
- The party urges other political organisations in the country to assume the position
One thing is troubling to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and this is the alleged realisation that there is no formidable opposition political parties in Nigeria.
Lanre Issa-Onilu, spokesperson of the APC, said this in a statement on Tuesday, December 3.
According to Issa-Onilu, the APC had expected that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) would fit into the position and engage it with intellectual arguments.
The party stated this in reaction to the claim by the PDP that it connived with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to rig recent elections in Bayelsa and Kogi.
Instead of this, the APC said, the PDP is concerned with what the ruling party called “idle chatter, propagation of fake news, post-election delusions and other unpatriotic conduct.”
The APC said since the PDP had lost its chance, other political parties can take up the mantle and perform as true opposition.
“No doubt, our country deserves a strong and vibrant opposition to play its conventional role in the polity and to deepen democracy. The PDP has shown crass and shocking incapacity to perform that role,” the APC said.
The APC accused the PDP of keeping silent over what the ruling party called robberies in Zamfara and Rivers state.
It told the PDP to be aware that its old strategy of raising false claims no longer works.
The APC asked the party to wake up and face the reality of the current democracy being practised in the country.
Legit.ng earlier reported that the national chairman of the PDP, Uche Secondus, on Monday, December 2, described as 'bad elections' some of the polls organised in Nigeria.
Secodus, while speaking in Abuja during a visit by a delegation from INEC, said the PDP since its existence in 1999 has nurtured Nigeria's democracy for 16 years.
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