Nigeria’s PDP, APC in war of words

ABUJA. — The campaigns for the 2015 general elections on Thursday gathered momentum as the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) differed over the ownership of programmes and policies of the five former PDP governors who dumped the party for the APC.

While the ruling PDP maintained that the policies and manifestos of the five governors were driven by the PDP, the APC, however, counteracted this, insisting that the five governors had since imbibed the APC culture of transparency and accountability.

Five state governors, Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers), Musa Kwankwaso (Kano), Abdulfatai Ahmed (Kwara), Aliyu Wamakko (Sokoto) and former governor of Adamawa State, Murtala Nyako, had defected to the APC from the PDP after they fell out with the presidency and the party’s hierarchy.

But the PDP national chairman, Dr. Ahmadu Adamu Mu’azu, while reacting to recent criticisms by leaders in the APC over the state of the nation under the PDP since 1999, declared that the five governors that defected to the APC are still implementing the ruling party’s manifesto in their states.

Mu’azu, who criticised the APC for adopting a propaganda approach over their assessment of PDP’s performance in the last 15 years, said the APC, which he described as the PDP’s nearest rivals, was not only spinning out of control but had succeeded in elevating propaganda into an art form to try and win at all costs.

He declared that the PDP government had done a lot to deserve re-election in the 2015 elections next month.

Mu’azu, in a statement signed by his chief press secretary, Chief Tony Amadi, said: “Those APC politicians who consistently point an accusing finger at the PDP for failing to make a difference in the governance of Nigeria over the past 15 years must know that they share more of the blame for the so-called ‘incompetence and cluelessness’. This is because as they point one finger at the PDP, four of their fingers are pointing back at their APC. — AFP.

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