The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has rejected the All Progressives Congress APC attempt to charge PDP presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar of engaging in ethnic and tribal politics.
The APC went to great lengths to intentionally misrepresent, falsify, misinterpret, and take out of context the comment made by the PDP Presidential Candidate at a Stakeholders’ meeting in Kaduna State on Sunday to tarnish his reputation as a Pan-Nigerian leader, according to the PDP.
The PDP claimed in a statement released by party spokesman, Hon. Debo Ologunagba that Atiku Abubakar is still “a Pan-Nigerian leader; a symbol of national unity, cohesiveness, and tolerance at home and beloved in all areas of the country.
“He never had and will never set any part of our country against the other as being mischievously hyped by the APC,” the communique partly read.
“To set the record straight, the PDP Presidential Candidate, in responding within the context of the question put to him at the event, noted that he had built bridges across the country and that what Nigerians, including an average northerner, need was a Pan-Nigerian leader and not an ethnic champion.
“Of course, Nigerians are wise and can fully understand the contextual import of the statement by Atiku Abubakar, which is that what Nigerians need is a competent and Pan-Nigerian leader and not a regionally inclined individual.
“We know that the APC is jittery over the overwhelming popularity of Atiku Abubakar across the nation because of his focus on issues that will improve the lives of Nigerians, and as such, the APC is desperate to smear his Pan-Nigerian standing.
“Moreover, Nigerians know that if there is any Party that has inflicted discord and strife of the worst kind in our country, it is the divisive APC which has violently balkanised our nation and brazenly elevated nepotism, tribalism, ethnicity and sectional chauvinism as official Policies of State.
“It is the APC which mobilised thugs and hoodlums in Lagos State recently to attack persons of other ethnicities at INEC registration centres. Nigerians have not forgotten how APC leaders evicted people of other ethnicities and threatened to chase them to the lagoon for supporting other parties in the 2019 general elections circle.
“Under the APC, Nigeria became so divided that sectional self-determination agitation escalated with many regions establishing their quasi-security outfits in total loss of faith in the APC administration.
“The APC is a party of shameless treasury looters, selfish power grabbers and an incompetent lot who must not be allowed to stay a day longer in office beyond May 29, 2023.”
The PDP urged all Nigerians to ignore the “APC’s shenanigans” and keep their attention on the party’s objective to save, unify, rebuild, and restore the country on the path of peace, national unity, and economic success, which the party claims the Atiku/Okowa presidential ticket represents.