APC Leaders Not Really Supporting Buhari – PDP

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says leaders of the All Progressives  Congress (APC) have continued to betray their inner aversion towards the candidacy of General Muhammadu Buhari and have indeed abandoned his  campaigns for the February 14, presidential election.
PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh in a statement on Saturday  said most leaders of the APC do not believe in the personality of  Buhari, resulting in flip-flops and double standards that have been the  fate of his presidential campaign.
The PDP said that while key APC leaders such as former Vice President  Atiku Abubakar, Kano State Governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso, presidential  aspirant, Sam Nda-Isaiah have since abandoned Buhari and his rickety  campaign to an inclement fate, Lagos State Governor Babatunde Fashola has not been able to hide his preference for a younger, more educated  and more articulate President who is able to connect with the current  generation of citizens as embodied in President Goodluck Jonathan.
“Recently, in his failed attempt to discredit the PDP Lagos state  governorship candidate, Jimi Agbaje, Governor Fashola betrayed himself  by stating that Agbaje, who is only 57 years was too old to govern Lagos  state. This is indeed the height of hypocrisy considering the fact that  the same Governor Fashola is on the other hand campaigning for a 73  years Buhari to become the President of Nigeria.
Hear Fashola, “If you put an old man there, he cannot do it. If you call  him in the night, he may not pick your calls”. And we ask, who better  fits into this picture than General Buhari who could not remember the  name of his running mate at his campaign rally in Owerri and nearly fell  while trying to climb up the stage in Calabar.
“It is instructive to note despite his later attempt to remedy the  situation, deep inside his heart, Governor Fashola harbors an aversion  to a Buhari Presidency as evidenced in his earlier statements.
“Recently, while speaking to journalists, Fashola said, “when 40-year  olds are now leading nations and our 40-year olds can’t even get to the
Senate, they can’t even become governors. Are we really preparing this  generation for the future? Those are the issues really. We cannot point  to success in other countries and refuse to do what those people are  doing to get things right.’ Is this not as many Nigerians put it, a  coded way of saying Buhari is now way too old for Aso Rock?”, the PDP  said.
The ruling party however said it is not surprised at the double standard  being displayed by APC leaders describing such as “one of their  stock-in-trade”.
It recalled that the former APC Interim Deputy National Secretary and  now its Kaduna state governorship candidate and Buhari’s seeming  supporter, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai had described him as “perpetually  unelectable”.
He was explicit, “Mallam El-Rufai wishes to remind General Buhari that  he has remained perpetually unelectable because his record as military  head of state, and afterwards, is a warning that many Nigerians have  wisely heeded. His insensitivity to Nigeria’s diversity and his  parochial focus are already well known.’
“In a related press interview, the same El-Rufai said he was 25 years  old when Buhari was head of state and wondered why he will not allow the younger generation as symbolized in President Jonathan to have a shot at the position.
“According to him ‘I don’t understand that at all and I call on young  people of Nigeria to take their future into their hands and ensure that  in the next election, they vote for a new generation of leaders. The  whole world is now being ruled by young people.”
The party also recalled that the self styled APC leader, Alhaji Bola  Tinubu has a masked repugnance for Buhari informing his questioning of  his integrity over their botched power sharing deal in 2011 when he said  of Buhari “I don’t believe a man running for the president of Nigeria  and not the Emir-ship of Katsina should not have the needed flexibility.  To be a good leader, you have to be flexible and accommodating”.
The PDP then described the current sojourn between Buhari and Tinubu as  a marriage of strange bedfellows driven by a very selfish cabal led by  Tinubu for whom Buhari is a mere pawn in their quest for access to the  economic and political interests of the nation.
The PDP said the APC has remained a party of deceitful persons who  specialize in treachery, lies and cheap blackmail. It recalled that the  APC, a party which descended so low to lie about the age of its 53 years  old youth leader, had also in June last year issued a statement wherein
it alleged that a plane carrying Kano state Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso to attend an APC rally in Ekiti to support former Governor Kayode Fayemi’s  re-election bid was denied landing permission in Akure, only for  Kwankwaso’s Director of Press Affairs, Baba Dantiye to announce that his  boss was at another event in Kano and had no plans to travel to Ekiti  state.
It also recalled that in August last year, the APC queried the presence of officials of the Department of State Service (DSS) in Osun state ahead of the August 9, 2014 governorship election, when in actual fact,  the APC governor of Osun state also formally requested for their  deployment.
“Lately, this same party devised means to hack into INEC’s data-base,  clone the Permanent Voter’s Card and ultimately compromise the outcome  of the elections yet has continued to deny even in the face of clear  proof of culpability,” the PDP noted.
Calling on Nigerians to note that the APC is a party of dubious and  unreliable persons pursuing narrow and parochial interests, the PDP  urged them to continue to rally round President Jonathan, who has  consistently shown his sincerity and forthrightness on all national  issues.
Olisa Metuh

National Publicity Secretary

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