- The presidency accuses the PDP of being an obstacle to good governance and the change Nigerians are yearning for
- Garba Shehu, a presidential spokesperson, faults the main opposition party for meddling in the affairs of the APC
- The presidential aide tells the PDP to focus on gaining its lost popularity among Nigerians
The presidency has accused the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of being the biggest obstacle to good governance and change Nigerians are yearning for.
Garba Shehu, the senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity, made the accusation on Thursday, January 9, when faulting the main opposition party for meddling in the affairs of the All Progressives Congress (APC), The Guardian reports.
The presidential aide in a statement told the PDP to focus on gaining its lost popularity among the Nigerian people instead of making comments about the love or the lack of it between President Muhammadu Buhari and his party.
He said after suffering two successive defeats, the main focus of the PDP should be on how it can become a serious opposition party again.
“Both self-respect and sound political judgement demand that the party takes an introspective look at itself after two successive defeats in national elections and ask what went wrong and how to fix its battered image,” Shehu said.
“They need to go back to the people, in towns and villages, to know what the people want and what the country needs. Instead of doing that, they are taking roles for themselves that are not mandated by law, morality or political gamesmanship."
He said the party had nothing to offer Nigerians but corruption, misgovernance, and division. The presidential aide added that the APC had come to stay.
Meanwhile, the PDP has declared that the consequences of the 2019 elections and the victories recorded by the APC will continue to stare Nigerians in the face.
The party said this in reaction to the recent directive by President Muhammadu Buhari to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) that future elections must be free, fair and credible.
PDP noted that the president's statement is weighty and speaks about how the APC got its victory during the 2019 elections.
The opposition party also said the president's comment has raised questions about the credibility of the 2019 presidency and other elections like the ones that took place in Kogi and Bayelsa.
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