The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) took a swipe on the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on its comment on both he Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), ahead of the 2019 general elections.
PDP has in a statement by its National Publicity, Kola Ologbondiya, expressed its loss of confidence in the ability of INEC to conduct a free and fair election in 2019. The party also expressed concerns on the request from the Commission to the EFCC to monitor party campaigns funds from individuals and candidates.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) in reacting to allegations urged the PDP to desist from what it described as wild blackmail and unsubstantiated allegations against the Party, government and critical institutions such as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The APC in a statement issued Wednesday by its National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Bolaji Abdulahi regretted that in the name of playing opposition, the PDP has typically chosen to launch itself back into reckoning by engaging in destructive propaganda, deliberately spreading false, misleading and fabricated tales with intent to cause resentments, distrust and panic in the country.
“While APC recognises the right of the PDP and indeed any other political party to criticise and our Party, and the policies and programmes of our government, however, we believe this should be done based on facts and reason. Indeed, democracy thrives on a strong opposition that put the government on its toes. But engaging in wild propaganda, cooked up tales and deliberate falsehoods in the name of opposing the government, is ultimately destructive.
“While we do not speak for the INEC, we wish to state however that it borders on cheap blackmail for PDP to launch wholesale attack on the integrity of this institution in the way it has done. INEC is certainly not yet the perfect institution that we all aspire to. However, it appears that to the PDP, INEC can only be good enough if PDP wins election. Hence, this pre-emptive and presumptuous attack on INEC. Never again will the country return to the primitive and undemocratic ways of ballot snatching and dubious announcement of election results which was perfected and regularly perpetuated by the PDP when it was in power.
“Strangely, the PDP has also faulted the EFCC’s offer of assistance to INEC to monitor campaigns funds. What is the PDP afraid of? It is clear that the party is still living in the past when public funds were criminally diverted to sponsor its political activities. It is obvious that PDP is still terrified by transparency, preferring instead that Nigeria continue to wallow in the culture of corruption and impunity”, the APC noted.