The opposition All Progressives Congress, APC, has said that the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP is behaving like a “punch-drunk boxer” who is flailing at everything and everyone but his opponent.
In a statement signed by Lai Mohammed, APC’s national publicity secretary on Tuesday, the party likened the PDP to a victim of self inflicted paranoia over what it described as the ruling party’s panic reaction to a yet to be conducted opinion poll.
Lambasting the party’s reaction to an ongoing opinion poll conducted on next month’s general election by NOI Polls, an independent poll agency, APC said PDP is not in a position to advise anyone on the conduct of opinion polls in the country.
“The PDP is behaving like a punch-drunk boxer, who started flailing at everything and everyone but his opponent, having being disoriented by a staccato of body blows. Had it not been so, a party that is urging a focus on serious campaign issues would not have picked on the imaginary outcome of a public opinion poll.
“It is said that he who must come to equity must come with clean hands. It is apparent that this dictum is lost on the petrified PDP. This is a party that has been celebrating the outcome of the regular polls by the NOI Polls, when it is glaring that the brain behind this poll is a key Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. NOI stands for the initials of this Minister, and discerning Nigerians are aware of this,” Mohammed said.
The party claimed that PDP has been quiet all the while ”Because the NOI polls have been doctored to achieve a predetermined end, the PDP made itself to believe it was doing well all along, when indeed it was leading Nigeria to a dark alley of economic and infrastructural collapse, massive unemployment as well as pervasive and unprecedented insecurity.
”Now that the dice is cast and even the most ardent supporters of the PDP have realized that the game is up and are jumping off its sinking ship, the party has come to realize its folly.”
The APC then asked, “How then can such a party advise another party on how to conduct a public opinion poll?
It added that, ”Even without any poll, Nigerians have come to realize that the Presidential Candidate of the APC, General Muhammadu Buhari, stands head and shoulders above his PDP counterpart not only physically but in terms of integrity, capability, vision, achievements and antecedents. Since these are the issues that will count during the forthcoming polls, the PDP can as well start learning how to be in opposition.”
Berating the party’s condemnation of some media organisations for commenting on indications from the polls, APC said the PDP has consistently shown “nothing but disdain for the media which was at the forefront of the fight for the democracy that the do-nothing folks at the PDP are now enjoying, undeservedly. If the media was so easy to compromise, it would have been compromised a long time ago and perhaps Nigeria would not have benefited from its selfless battle against military dictatorship.
”This lesson is lost on the trifling PDP, hence it has continued to hold the media in disdain, the latest instance of which is the unnecessary accusation of its being compromised. Our honest advice to those who did nothing when the epic battle to install this democracy was going on, but are now pretending to be its custodians, is that they should not crash it on the altar of careless, inciting and offensive statements.”Follow Us on Social Media