The All Progressives Congress (APC) and the opposition People Democratic Party (PDP) on Sunday traded words over the responses to the adoption and release of the Dapchi school girls in Yobe state.
While the ruling party called for the de-registration of the opposition party, the PDP said the APC is only holding to its last straw as a sinking party.
Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, had said the PDP deserves to be deregistered for utter failure both as ruling and opposition party.
The minister stated this on Sunday in Lagos at a media briefing to give update and clarifications on the released schoolgirls in Dapchi, Yobe State.
The minister specifically berated the party for “disgraceful and insensitive politics that the PDP has been playing with the abduction and release of the Dapchi girls.”
“What called for non-partisan celebrations was rather thoughtlessly turned into politics, bad, despicable politics that has no place in any democracy. At times of national tragedies, countries unite. This is the norm everywhere. Indeed, there should be a new criterion for withdrawing the registration of a party like the PDP which has failed both as a ruling and an opposition party! If a party cannot rule and cannot be in opposition, what else can it do?” he said.
But the PDP in a statement by its publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, replied saying the APC is less a party compared to the PDP.
“It is clear now that the APC and its Federal Government have come to their wits end. All they need to do now is to sit by and watch Nigerians collectively return the PDP to powers and by so doing restore the nation to the path of unity, national cohesion and economic prosperity come 2019.
“We want to alert all Nigerians of a clandestine plot by the All Progressives Congress (APC) led federal government to strangulate the main opposition party and plot the way for the self-succession plan of their candidate, President Muhammadu Buhari.”
“The main plank of the plot is to ensure that President Buhari runs as a sole candidate in 2019. To achieve this grand plan, they must work to exterminate all known and perceived political opposition platforms in our country.”
The opposition party also pointed to the inability of the APC to establish some of its constitutional organs as a sign of failure.
“Is it not strange that a party who, in its almost five years of existence, cannot constitute a Board of Trustees (BoT) in line with the provisions of its own constitution will be asking INEC to withdraw the certificate of a party whose all organs are intact and effectively functioning?
“Is it not also laughable that a party, who cannot hold even a non-elective convention, will be calling for the withdrawal of PDP’s certificate?” Mr Ologbondiyan said.