APC Tell PDP Defectors, “We Don’t Want You!”
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has finally and firmly barred intending People’s Democratic Party (PDP) defectors wishing to join its ranks. The party enjoined members and leaders of the ruling party to stay where they are, rebuild their party and play its new found role as the main opposition party since it has lost its status as the ruling party come May 29.
The party was advised to come to terms with the “cold, hard reality” that its fortunes had since “plummeted” and that it was now in opposition whether or not the party likes it.
This position was made public in a statement by the Party’s National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, in Abuja on Wednesday 22 April 2015.
Mohammed said: “PDP leaders and members are falling over themselves shamelessly and swearing undying allegiance to the APC.
“Well, in case they did not get the message of the President-elect and our National Chairman, we want to repeat it in very blunt terms: PDP leaders and members, you are not welcome in APC.
“Please stay in your party, but if – as we suspect – you cannot survive in opposition, then, take a walk, quit politics.”
The APC National Publicity Secretary also reacted quite harshly to the allegations issued by the PDP, in which it alleged that the APC was harassing its members and that it was trying to turn Nigeria into a one party state.
He said that PDP had obviously not come to terms with the fact and reality that it now stands in the opposition and as a result of this, has not thought of returning to the drawing board to re-strategise since enormous challenges await the party in its new status as the opposition.
“The truth of the matter is that the PDP is scared stiff of being in opposition. We don’t blame them as they have neither the capacity nor the commitment to be in opposition.
“A party that stood for nothing but looting and rent collection will naturally be afraid of being in opposition, where there is nothing to loot or rent to collect,” he said.
The APC also admonished the PDP to stop “whining over an alleged plan by the APC to use the Election Petitions Tribunals to truncate and subvert the freely given mandate by the people in the states and constituencies”, saying such statement amounted to blackmail.
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