The Osun State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has told the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) that, ‘unless it pulls back from its desperation to stay in power at all costs, it may very well self -destruct and in the process, terminate the current democratic dispensation in Nigeria.
In a cliitical assessment of the actions of the PDP in the last four weeks, which has led to the abortion of February 14 presidential poll, and in the run up to the new date of March 28 against which the PDP is again flying two dangerously destructive kites, the APC claimed it had come to the conclusion that the PDP has become the greatest threat yet to the survival of the current democratic dispensation in Nigeria.
These views were contained in a press statement made available to journalists in Osogbo on Sunday, 15th February, 2015, signed by its Director of Publicity, Barr. Kunle Oyatomi
According to the APC, ‘the foremost leadership of the PDP and its strategic operatives appeared to have lost all sense of caution, responsibility and concern for the survival of democracy in Nigeria and would do any and everything abominable to retain power.
“The PDP is not even bothered that already what it has caused the country, in terms of economic and political instability as a result of its abortion of the February 14 presidential election which has patently overheated the polity.
“When the PDP lost the argument of postponement, it used the service chiefs to stage a veritable coup against the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC’s) determination to proceed with the exercise thereby aborting power change.
‘We have hardly recovered from this treasonable felony when the PDP again raised another dangerous issue of seeking to have President Jonathan to remove Attahiru Jega in a subversive manner, similar to the removal of the former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi. The President’s denial of this was not convincing.
‘The PDP is again stoking a number of dangerous issues like, demanding 100 percent distribution of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs); calling for the scrapping of the use of card readers in the coming election, and creating an atmosphere of incredulity that has the potential to explode into violence.
‘All of this,” the APC argued, ‘is a grand design by the PDP to discredit the next elections, even before they hold, and then plunge the country into chaos by rejecting its inevitable defeat at the polls.
‘We already see the negative impact, the postponement is having on the Nigerian economy and the value of the naira which the CBN is finding extremely difficult to stabilise’, the APC said, adding that “for the PDP to add political turmoil to the avoidable economic instability, its desperation to stay in power has caused, will be the most sinister and unpatriotic disservice that party can inflict on about 180 million Nigerians”.
The APC therefore called on Nigerians to stand firm and prepare to use the power of their votes to remove the PDP from office in Abuja before the party destroyed democracy and set the country backward for another period of anomie, accelerated poverty, and abysmal dehumanisation by the forces of evil they are scheming to handover power to, instead of the people’s choice through the ballot box.