ABUJAâ€”The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday denounced what it described as the hypocritical chants of the opposition picking on former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar and the leaders of the Action Congress for their alleged anti-democracy credentials.
The party in a sharp riposte to last weekendâ€™s resolutions at the national convention of the AC in Lagos accused the AC and its leaders of trumpeting beliefs they were themselves actively living contrary to.
Citing what it described as sham local government elections in Lagos State and the alleged doctoring of names of notable Nigerians who recently called for the resignation of President Umaru Yarâ€˜Adua as examples of the ACâ€™s rigging capacities, the PDP in a statement by its national publicity secretary, Prof. Rufai Akali said:
â€œThe latest of such vain shouts in the wilderness came from a gathering in Lagos weekend called the â€œNational Conventionâ€ of the Action Congress where speaker after speaker took turns to preach hypocritical sermons on the state of the nation.
It is a big irony to note that some of these latter day democrats are persons with known track records of dictatorship and chronic intolerance to opposing views when they held sway in government.
It is particularly curious for instance to hear former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, who was in Government for eight Years limiting his assessment of Nigeriaâ€™s democracy to the last two and half years thus conveniently isolating himself and his tenure from scrutiny. This was yet another attempt at self-glorification and buck passing which Nigerians have come to know the opposition for.
The unwarranted and foul mouthed condemnation of our Party by leaders of the AC especially the recurrent reference to the PDP as a â€œrigging machineâ€ is hypocritical because available evidence have it that the AC has elevated the art of rigging to new heights.
A ready example here is the blatant forgery of a Police report by the candidate of the AC in the last gubernatorial election in Osun State for which he is currently standing trial.