- The PDP has lamented over the threats by the APC to international bodies few days to the 2019 general elections
- The party says the comments by chieftains of the ruling party are worrisome
- The PDP was reacting to comments by the spokesman of the APC campaign council accusing the US Ambassador to Nigeria of bias
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has lamented over the threats by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to international bodies few days to the 2019 general elections.
The party says recent comments by chieftains of the ruling party are worrisome.
The PDP was reacting to comments by the spokesman of the APC campaign council, Festus Keyamo, who accused the US Ambassador to Nigeria, Stuart Symington of “overstepping his brief.”
In a statement sent to Legit.ng on Monday, February 10 by the PDP spokesman, Kola Ologbodiyan, the party said the conduct of the ruling party is “embarrassing.”
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Part of the statement read: “The threats by the Buhari Campaign Organization to the United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Ambassador W. Stuart Symington, as well as attempts to demonize the envoy for his country’s caution against hate speech in our electioneering discourse by desperate politicians is to say the least, embarrassing.
“Just as the proverbial old woman who takes offence whenever dry bones are mentioned, the Buhari presidency and the APC are furious and issuing threats at this open and well-intentioned caution by peace loving members of the global community because they are directly culpable.
“Only on Sunday, President Muhammadu Buhari at his campaign rally in Zamfara state made incendiary comments and encouraged his audience to join the APC in its planned resort to violence and self-help in the 2019 general election.
“It is instructive to recall that this direct threat by the Buhari Campaign Organization is coming days after the governor of Kaduna state, and APC chieftain, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, threatened that members of the global democratic institutions working towards peaceful 2019 general elections in our country will return in body bags.
“It is indeed worrisome that having realized that they have no chance in the February 16 presidential election, the Buhari presidency and the APC are seeking to pull down our country, pitch her against the global community and return us to a pariah nation status.”
Meanwhile, a former deputy national publicity secretary of the APC, Comrade Timi Frank, has said that the Buhari-led administration and the ruling party are getting more desperate ahead of the 2019 general elections.
Comrade Frank made the comment in reaction to the arrest of former chairman of Skye Bank, Chief Tunde Ayeni, said to be an associate of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the PDP presidential candidate.
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In a statement sent to Legit.ng on Friday, February 8, Comrade Frank said there is a plan to frame up other associates of Atiku, lamenting over what he called the victimisation of opposition figures by the APC administration.
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