The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Sunday, insisted that the All Progressive Congress (APC) is bent on imposing a one-party system on Nigeria.
The PDP Publicity Directorate, which said it noted the last Friday’s arrogant and self-serving press statement by the APC National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, stated that Alhaji Mohammed, “in his usual ill-mannered and condemnable approach, left the issues and dwelt on insults, disdainful comments and personal attacks.”
“However, the National Publicity Secretary of our great party, Chief Olisa Metuh stands by the party’s statement that the APC is plotting to impose a one-party system in the country and is now approaching some senior members of the PDP with phantom promises and threats ostensibly to destabilise the party,” it said.
The PDP asked if Alhaji Mohammed was feigning ignorance of the various recent open and nocturnal meetings of his party with highly-respected members of its members.
“We are aware that as part of the plot, the APC in the past few weeks, has been luring and encouraging some of our members to issue derogatory statements against the leadership of our party. While some of their accomplices have openly decamped, we know that others have been instructed to stay back and cause crisis within our ranks.
“Even in states where they lost, the APC has engaged in violence and instigating crisis all in the bid to impose a one-party system in the country. Furthermore, the PDP National Publicity Secretary does not need Alhaji Mohammed’s so-called six weeks crash course in party publicity.
“He does not need a course on how to insult and denigrate the office and person of the President of our country. He has already made it clear that the PDP will do no such thing but only focus on constructive criticism while presenting credible alternatives to the policies and programmes of the incoming administration in a manner that will promote democracy and the well-being of Nigerians.
“Nobody can learn anything from the APC National Publicity Secretary except abuses, divisiveness, lies and hate campaign. Nigerians know that Lai Mohammed is the originator of hate campaign with which he fouled our contemporary political arena. It is to say the least, despicable that his style badly influenced hundreds of young people who now engage in abusing each another on the social media thinking that such is what publicity is all about.
“For emphasis, we ask Alhaji Mohammed to go back to the statements the PDP and APC issued in the last three months and he will realize that while he was busy with hate campaign, raining insults and telling lies, Chief Metuh focused only on points, marketing our candidates while promoting policies and issues that engender national unity, stability and progress. He therefore has nothing to learn from Lai Mohammed,” the PDP said.
It added that the APC spokesman must understand that Chief Metuh is not in any way the weakest link but has only chosen to be mature, humble and civil in dealing with national issues.
“We therefore counsel Alhaji Mohammed to be careful with the way he is parading himself as a Colossus bestriding the globe; otherwise one would think that he is suffering from Narcissist Personality Disorder (NPD),” it said.
The PDP, however, urged Mr Mohammed to purge himself and learn to be civil in his approach to issues.
“We also strongly advise that ‘those whose palm kernels were cracked for them by a benevolent spirit should not forget to be humble’,” it concluded.
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