By Henry Umoru
ABUJA â€” THE nationalÂ Â Â leadership of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday urged its major opposition party, the Action Congress, AC, to mind its business in addressing its problems rather than interfere in the internal affairs of the ruling party, the PDP.
Speaking with journalists in Abuja yesterday, the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Professor Rufai Ahmed Alkali, tongue-lashed the AC for ignoring constitutional breaches in the two states controlled by the party and now calling for the National Chairman of PDP, Prince Vincent Ogbulafor to quit.
He said it was ironical that the AC which is presently facing serious constitutional breaches in Lagos and Edo states had not deemed it expedient to call its two governors to order and abide by the provisions of the constitution, but had been dissipating energy on the internal affairs of the PDP.
According to Alkali, â€œLagos has illegal local government councils and the state government has conducted phantom elections in these councils and now they are funding these illegal councils with money from the federation account and the AC is not doing anything about it.
â€œIn Edo State, the Speaker of the state House of Assembly was illegally removed from office and the AC is indifferent to these illegalities. They should first remove the elephant on their head before they think of removing the speck on anybodyâ€™s eye.â€
The PDP spokesperson, however, likened what exists in AC to that of a physician who is seriously ill but instead of attending to his ill-health prefers to treat other patients, adding: â€œAC has enough problems on its heads, it should go and put its house in order and leave PDP alone.â€
It will be recalled that AC National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, had on Monday issued a statement that â€œwhile the Chairman remains innocent of the charges against him until proven guilty, he should set a moral precedence by quitting his post so that he could defend himself against the charges, as it is done in other climes.â€
According to Alkali, Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State should be put on trial for sponsoring and funding local government councils that were alien to the Nigerian constitution with money accruing from the federation account while his Edo State counterpart, Adams Oshiomhole, should also face trial for the role he played in the controversial removal of the Speaker of the House of Assembly, Zakawanu Garuba.