.’Anti-Ayu Govs helping us do the Lord’s work’

Omeiza Ajayi, Abuja

The All Progressives Congress APC Presidential Campaign Council PCC has described the opposition Peoples Democratic Party PDP as a clear and present danger to Nigeria’s treasury and equity and must never again be trusted with power.

This was as it hailed some PDP governors for calling out their National Chairman, Dr Iyiorcha Ayu regarding issues of alleged misconduct, saying the governors are doing “the Lord’s work” for the APC.

The ruling party was reacting to a statement by the PDP Campaign Council alleging that it (APC) is not ready to govern Nigeria.

Minister of State, Labour and Employment, Mr Festus Keyamo SAN in a statement on Friday stated that this most outlandish statement, coming from the PDP at a time it has become the theatre of the most absurd in the country, is most ironic and unfortunate.

“It reminds us of the Yoruba parable of the audacious thief summoning the effrontery to accuse the farm owner of illegal trespass before the farm owner could raise the alarm”, he stated.

Keyamo who is Director of Public Affairs and Chief Spokesperson, of the Tinubu/Shettima (APC) Presidential Campaign Council, noted that “in the past few weeks, the PDP has entertained Nigerians with scandalous issues that show the party remains a clear and present danger or threat to Nigeria’s treasury and equity”.

He said in the last few days, the public space has been inundated with allegations made by no less a person than a prominent Governor of the PDP accusing its National Chairman of being patently corrupt and of collecting a bribe of N1 billion from one of its candidates.

“The Governor even threatened to ‘reveal more’ if there was a denial. The Party Chairman, Ayu, is yet to deny or debunk this allegation for fear of being stripped totally bare in public. Is this the party that claims it is ready for governance and that Nigerians can trust? A party without any iota of shame?

“Instead of hiding his head in shame, the same Ayu went on a bribing spree, crediting the accounts of members of the NWC in a desperate and laughable attempt to hang on to office. Is this the party Nigerians can trust? Is this the party ready to govern Nigeria?

“Meanwhile, some Governors within the PDP have openly expressed reservation as to the capacity of the party leadership to deliver on its often touted promise to restructure and unite Nigeria when it is getting increasingly clear they are incapable of restructuring and unifying their own party to start with.

“This is owing to the fact that their party has a Northern Presidential candidate and a Northern Party Chairman and also ignored the principle of zoning because its perennial presidential hopeful cannot cede the opportunity to others in the spirit of national inclusion and cohesion, having consistently put his own personal interest above national interest. These concerns were expressed by some PDP Governors themselves. It is like hearing from the horse’s mouth. Need we say more? These frank and honest Governors are doing the Lord’s work for us.

“Every week, we are treated to a new revelation about the PDP crises and its profligate and thieving nature. A leopard can hardly change its spot, which means that the PDP is not repentant of its old ways. Certainly, Nigerians are not ready to be deceived again by these comic characters.

“We can all vividly recall the famous Dasukigate where the money allocated for national security was shared among party chieftains whilst Boko Haram was ravaging the country. We are yet to recover from that trauma and the PDP is showing us that their patented technology for sharing sleazy funds is alive. It appears all their pipelines for siphoning and redistributing public funds are still very much intact and are, in fact, steaming to return to full operation.

“On our part, our party has shown its commitment to be fair to all regions in the country. Whilst the PDP was breaching its own Constitution on power rotation and fairness, the APC Governors rose above primordial sentiments and rejected a move to Zone the APC Presidential ticket to the North, insisting that power must shift to the South after President Muhammadu  Buhari’s tenure. This is a party that believes in fairness and equity and all Nigerians can attest to that.

“Our party, being the largest party in Africa, has to consult far and wide with every critical stakeholder on campaign plans. We have put together a very strong women’s campaign team because we understand what it means to be inclusive and diverse and we are fully committed to the empowerment of women in the scheme of things. As a result, women must have their say as to how campaigns should be run.

“Our Presidential candidate has a track record. He has held Executive office; he has pioneered transformational changes. As of today, the IGR in Lagos has grown by 7400% from 1999 to 2021. This is one of the relevant issues that should animate public conversation at this moment; not the cacophony of sounds and fury from the PDP that signifies nothing. 

“We advise the PDP to desist from its hallucinations and concentrate on rescuing itself before even thinking of ‘rescuing’ Nigeria”, Keyamo added.


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