The All Progressives Congress (APC) has described the allegation by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that it was behind the alleged attempt on the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu’s life as an induced hallucination.
The PDP had claimed that there was a plot to exterminate Ekweremadu and other opposition leaders, by the ruling APC.
The PDP spokesman, Olisa Metuh, who briefed reporters at the party’s national secretariat on Wednesday, said the lives of key opposition members were endangered.
Reacting to the allegation, however, the acting National Publicity Secretary of APC, Mr. Timi Frank, said it was unfortunate for the PDP to resort to cheap blackmail, saying the opposition party was yet to purge itself of “its cheap and manipulative strategies that only helped ‘escort it to the doldrums that it is in today.”
He said it was bemusing for the PDP to adopt such cheap and strange propaganda in its attempt to taint the change the APC has sworn to bequeath to the nation.
The APC spokesman chided the opposition party for adopting its past strategy for cheap political gains, knowing full well that the APC unlike the PDP was known for adherence of the rule of law and respect for the sanctity of life, noting that the past 16 years of PDP rule saw a minister, Chief Bola Ige, politicians like Harry Marshall and Funso Williams assassinated with no attempt to unravel the mysteries that surrounded their deaths.
“It would therefore be unfortunate for the PDP to elevate this strategic act it had perfected over the years to a political art or a propaganda tool.
“Nigerians all over the world know that President Muhammadu Buhari and the APC are more concerned with cleaning the mess the PDP-led government bequeathed to the government than in chasing after lousy and cheap propaganda of a misplaced party that is pretending to be chasing self restitution,” the APC’s spokesman said in a statement.
Frank asked Nigerians to disregard the PDP’s latest propaganda, saying it was funny that an alleged assassination attempt would be carried out on the country’s number five citizen without any security report, with the police vehemently denying the existence of such, even when the Department of State Service (DSS) operatives and the police formed part of the deputy Senate president’s security detail.
“The security challenges of the time, bequeathed to us by the PDP who would rather embezzle funds meant for protection of lives and properties, necessitate that President Muhammadu Buhari and the APC are more concerned on how to bring the situation under control as manifested by the December deadline issued by Mr President than delving into cheap political propaganda and machinations only peculiar and orchestrated by the PDP. Governance is a serious businesses and this the APC is committed to showing,” he said.
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