The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said the spokesman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Lai Mohammed is torn between trying to impress President Muhammadu Buhari and Bola Tinubu, the national leader of the party.
In a statement issued on Monday, July 27, 2015, Olisa Metuh, PDP spokesman said Mohammed’s resort to insults confirms the insincerity and emptiness of the APC even as a party in power, The Cable reports.
Metuh said: “We appreciate the elementary knowledge of the APC spokesman in his new role, especially against the backdrop of his struggling to impress two masters at a time, Bourdellion and the President, who distributes the largesse at the moment, but Nigerians expect that in his search for job, he should be decorous, mature and on the side of truth and accountability.”
The PDP was reacting to Mohammed’s reaction to the issues raised by the party in a statement it issued on Sunday, accusing Buhari of scamming Nigerians with empty promises.
Mohammed had castigated the PDP for not appreciating the hard work of Buhari’s government, saying they were reacting to “beer-parlour gossip” and constituting a nuisance.
According to Metuh, the APC failed to address any of the issues it raised in its earlier statement.
Pointing out the issues, the PDP said the APC failed to address the issue of the recent organised public harassment and humiliation against the immediate-past First Lady and wife of the former president, Dame Patience Jonathan, at the Port Harcourt airport and the issue of resort to sole administratorship by the President in managing of the affairs of the nation.
“Furthermore, the nation is still waiting for the APC and the Presidency to address the issue of the divisive and tendentious statement by President Buhari who declared to the world that he would run a discriminatory government based on voting pattern in the last general elections, in clear violation of his oath of office and the provisions of the Constitution.
“Nigerians are still waiting for explanations on the embarrassment that characterised the President’s U.S. visit, which instead of bringing gains, yielded only disagreements, accusations and exchanges between the presidency and their American hosts.
“The presidency and the APC are yet to address the issue of the disgraceful treatment meted out on some Nigerian bankers and captains of industry by the president during the visit as well as the absence of an economic team in an important meeting with U.S. officials, thereby robbing the nation of the benefits of the discussions,” the statement read in part.
The PDP therefore, demanded the APC provided direct answers on the issues raised instead of resorting to insults.
The PDP and the APC have been trading words for a long time. The PDP had recently attacked President Buhari for embarrassing Nigeria on his recent trip to the United States.
Some PDP senators had also warned against unleashing the anti-graft agency on members of the National Assembly.