The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has denied the claims by the All Progressives Congress (APC) that it has refused to co-operate to ensure a smooth handover.
The national publicity secretary of the APC, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, made this accusation in a statement issued on Thursday.
“As we write, the transition committee of the FG has yet to hold a single meeting with our own transition committee, neither have they given us a line of handover note,” Mohammed said.
Reacting to the APC's accusation on Friday, May 8, the PDP spokesperson, Olisah Metuh, said the opposition claim is“unnecessary and diversionary”, insisting that it is “false and tendentious.”
Metuh, who said the meetings of the transition and inauguration committees of both parties have been going on well, wondered where the “false alarm” was coming from, “if not a measure of confusion in the APC camp."
"We can confirm that the APC Transition Committee led by Mallam Ahmed Joda has met at least twice with the Presidency team led by Vice President Namadi Sambo while the Timipre Sylva-led APC Inauguration Committee has been meeting almost on daily basis with the PDP team led by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim.
“It is therefore most uncharitable for the APC to attempt to mislead the people by claiming that the PDP-led Presidency was not cooperating in the process. Although the ruling party suffered some electoral setback, Nigerians are witness to the fact that the PDP has remained humble in defeat while focusing on rebuilding and reinventing itself. Such should not in any way warrant the unnecessary attacks, vituperations and insults from the APC,” he said.
The PDP spokesman pointed out that the incoming administration of Muhammadu Buhari should be more concerned about “negative signals and the rising worries by Nigerians over its flip-flops and apparent nervousness of its President-elect who has started reneging on his campaign promises”.
“Nigerians were bewildered when they heard General Buhari renege on his messianic posture and told them in clear terms not to expect him to rapidly fix the problems of the nation as he had promised during the campaign.
“The same President-elect who boldly stated in his campaign manifesto that ‘I, Muhammadu Buhari have resolved that the task ahead of me is that of securing our nation and prospering our people, not looking backward to the failed policies and promises’ had on May 5, 2015 in a meeting with APC governor-elects reneged and announced that he has “started nervously to explain to people that Rome was not built in a day.
“Furthermore while the APC in a statement on April 3, 2015 denied that the President-elect pledged to end insurgency in two months of being sworn in, the video clip of his interview with Christiane Amanpour on CNN on April 2, 2015 is clear on the promise made by Buhari.
“Nigerians are not in a hurry to forget that the APC promised to rapidly fix the economy, generate, transmit and distribute electricity on a 24/7 basis, pay N5,000 monthly to 25 million poor Nigerians; provide allowances to the discharged but unemployed Youth Corps members for Twelve (12) months, create additional 4 million new homes, provide free education and meals for school children and bring naira to the same value with the dollar.”
The PDP national publicity secretary, however, reiterated that Nigerians would not accept failure from the APC-led government.
Meanwhile President Goodluck Jonathan and Muhammadu Buhari met behind closed doors of the Presidential Villa in Abuja, on Friday, May 8, to discuss the details of the handover slated for May 29.