APC Is Suffering From Deliberate Amnesia – PDP
The All Progressives Congress, APC was rattled with the overwhelming support President Goodluck Jonathan declaration attracted, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has said.
The party said this in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, adding that instead of accepting the successes already acknowledged by Nigerians, APC leaders went into shadowboxing and mischievous propaganda in a failed attempt to score a cheap political point.
The PDP scribe said the APC statement exposed the hypocritical and opportunistic nature of the party, calling for objectivity and forthrightness from the political class, especially the opposition as the campaigns for the 2015 general elections begin in earnest.
The statement berated the APC for constantly seeking to gain political capital from the insecurity challenges in the nation, adding that Nigerians, by their massive support on Tuesday, showed that they know the truth and are solidly behind the President.
The PDP scribe said President Jonathan and indeed the PDP solidly stands by mourning families despite defying the expectations of the terrorists and their sponsors to go ahead with the declaration a day after the Potiskum bombing.
The statement said further that the APC was either lacking in institutional memory or suffering from a deliberate amnesia for it to cry wolf over an event that had been planned for about a month before the Potiskum incidence.
The statement continued: “Nigerians may recall that on the 20th of May, 2014, there was a twin bomb blasts in the city of Jos, killing 118 people and wounding at least 56 others. However, this tragedy on the nation did not restrain the APC from holding its so called “Mega Rally” in Ekiti the very next day, May 21 in promotion of the gubernatorial campaigns of the then Governor Kayode Fayemi. The entire top hierarchy of the APC, its national leaders, governors and the Interim National Executive were in attendance. At the rally, the APC scarcely observed a minute silence in honour of fellow Nigerians mowed down in cold blood before charging the atmosphere with usual insults and loathing acts of insensitivity, speaker after speaker.
“It will be recalled also that while Nigerians and the International Community applauded President Jonathan for proscribing the terrorist sect, Boko Haram, the APC released a statement on the 10th of June 2013, alleging that such an act was unconstitutional. This is the APC pretending away from the heinous crimes of the same terrorist organisation it once sought protection for.
“On the other hand, it is on record that President Jonathan and the PDP cancelled all scheduled activities on June 3, 2012 when the Dana Air crashed and declared a week national mourning. Unfortunately, the APC desecrated this as all its leaders converged on Kano the same week to celebrate a turbanning event, meaning that 163 souls that perished as a result of that crash were not important to the party.
“All over the world, it is known that terrorists plan their evil activities to manipulate political events and policies and that the more you allow them space, the more dastardly and frequent they turn. If terrorists must be denied the publicity they crave so much for, it becomes the responsibility of all patriots in moments like this to work hard to prevent them from hijacking events or taking control of our destiny. Clearly, the APC lacks the political capacity to understand this matter of statecraft.”