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The All Progressives Congress (APC) has expressed worry that there is no viable opposition party in Nigeria.
This was contained in a statement signed on Tuesday by the National spokesman, Lanre Issa-Onilu.
The APC said the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) is engaged in fake news and idle chatter instead of engaging the ruling party in intellectual debates.
Issa-Onilu urged registered political parties in Nigeria to step up and take up their responsibilities as opposition, adding that the PDP has failed.
“No doubt, our country deserves a strong and vibrant opposition to play its conventional role in the polity and to deepen democracy. The PDP has shown crass and shocking incapacity to perform that role,” he said.
“As a party that believes in democracy and progressive politics, we are worried by this obvious vacuum. No rigorous and intelligent interrogation of the current administration’s policies and programmes by the PDP.
“Just idle chatter, propagation of fake news, post-election delusions and other unpatriotic conducts. This is dangerous for our democracy.
“The APC hereby invites other registered political parties to step up and perform the crucial opposition role the PDP has failed so woefully to play.”
The APC spokesman said it is not surprising that the PDP is accusing his party of colluding with the electoral commission to win elections.
“Is the APC surprised by the PDP’s pointless outbursts? No! This has become the PDP’s stock-in-trade and coping mechanisms following the PDP’s rejection in 2015,” he said.
“The same PDP has maintained a graveyard silence over the election robberies in Zamfara and Rivers states. The APC was punished for allegedly not conducting proper primaries in Zamfara State, while PDP got rewarded in Sokoto and Kano for not conducting any primaries at all.”
“By now, the PDP should have realised that their old underhand political methods no longer work. PDP should adjust to the reality of an emerging political environment where manipulation, intimidation, and brigandage are becoming unhelpful to any political party.”