Opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said it will offer no apology to the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) and also described the APC’s spokesman as “a renowned liar.
According to the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, the APC’s spokesman had exposed his party’s penchant for barefaced lies, insults and distortion of facts to deceive unsuspecting Nigerians.
“It is, to say the least, a dance of hypocrisy, for the APC spokesman to wake the nation up, at exactly 7:29 Tuesday morning, to bemoan his being fittingly described as “a renowned liar”, when he, in his widely covered press conference the previous day, called the Acting National Chairman of our great party, Prince Uche Secondus and the entire leadership of our party liars, for exposing the involvement of the APC-led government in the invasion of Akwa-Ibom State government house by the Department of State Services (DSS) in addition to moves to compromise that state’s governorship election tribunal.
“It is also common knowledge that during the 2015 campaigns, Lai Mohammed distinguished himself in hauling insults at everyone, including continually denigrating and labeling the person and office of the President of this country, an excursion he saw nothing wrong with, at that time.
“While we appreciate the sleeplessness and nervousness of the APC spokesperson in his desperation to be noticed for an appointment, we have no apologies for exposing his lies and hypocrisy.
“Alhaji Mohammed, in his early morning outburst sought to divert attention and failed to address the issues raised by the PDP regarding his proclivity for distortion of fact. We therefore want to remind him that Nigerians are still waiting for his explanations for becoming the mouthpiece of the DSS, which has a spokesman and internal machinery for public communication.
“He has failed to address the contradiction in his statement where he clamed that the APC was not privy to the reasons for the DSS’ search of the Akwa Ibom Government House while at the same time explaining that the agency acted within its area of competence and authority’.
“Furthermore, apart from “a liar”, what words would Lai Mohammed use in describing himself when he, in May this year, nearly scuttled the transition programme with his false statement alleging that the APC team was being frustrated, only for the head of the APC’s Transition Committee, Alhaji Ahmed Joda to announce that there was nothing of such?
“How else would Lai Mohammed describe himself when he, in June 2014 issued a statement alleging that a plane carrying former Kano state governor, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso to attend an APC rally in Ekiti was denied landing permission in Akure, only for Kwankwaso’s Director of Press Affairs, Baba Dantiye to announce that his boss was at another event in Kano on that date and had no plans to travel to Ekiti state?
“We are not yet talking about the denial of the list of campaign promises upon which the APC rode to power at the center and the endless propaganda, insults and blackmail hauled on well-meaning Nigerians when they attempt to offer counsels on observed infractions and anti-democratic tendencies of the APC administration.
“Our counsel once more to Alhaji Lai Mohammed is that he should advice himself and learn to be truthful and honest. At his age, he should shed this narcissist proclivity of always trying to make himself the issue and desist from fabricating lies and dishing such to the nation.
“In any case, we wish to restate that no matter the antics of the APC and its spokesperson, the PDP will remain focused on issues. We would continue to offer constructive and credible opposition, while firmly holding the President Muhammadu Buhari-led APC government accountable in the running of the affairs of the nation,” the statement said.
PDP earlier said the APC confirmed its culpability in a number of anti-democratic actions of government agencies lately, particularly the mindless invasion of Akwa-Ibom State government house and interferences in the activities of that state’s election tribunal.
The party also said it would not be deter from exposing the “deliberate agenda, already in motion, by the present administration to destroy the nation’s democracy and impose a dictatorship in the country.”