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APC to Atiku: We’re deepening democracy, fostering common good of Nigerians

Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar

*Felix Morka, Esq., National Publicity Secretary of All Progressives Congress accuses Atiku Abubakar and opposition Peoples Democratic Party of consistent failure at the polls, urging him to repair his ‘damaged political psyche’ as they ‘have proved incapable of offering a credible alternative political vision’ in Nigeria

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The ruling All Progressives Congress has replied former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar for accusing the political party is “increasingly turning Nigeria into a dictatorship of one party.”

Atiku was quoted to said this while hosting the National Executive Council (NEC) of the Inter-Party Advisory Council of Nigeria (IPAC) Tuesday, November 14, 2023.

Felix Morka, Esq., National Publicity Secretary of the

All Progressives Congress, in a statement issued Wednesday, November 15, suggested the Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party during the February 25 election was “exasperated by the drooping fortunes of his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).”

The party noted that Atiku opined that Nigeria was sliding into a one-party state.

“He accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) of ‘increasingly turning Nigeria into a dictatorship of one party’ while hosting the National Executive Council of the Inter-Party Advisory Council of Nigeria (IPAC) yesterday (Tuesday), November 14, 2023.”

Morka, however, stated: “It is pitiful that a statesman of Atiku’s standing would so easily conflate the wide acceptance of our great party among Nigerians with his irrational fear of one-party dictatorship.

“Perhaps, the Turakin Adamawa needs to be reminded that Nigerians are highly percipient and can differentiate between political deviance of PDP and demonstrable commitment of APC to deepening democracy and fostering our common good.”

The party’s National Publicity Secretary in the statement also noted that before its epic defeat in 2015, the PDP proclaimed and flaunted its plan to rule Nigeria for a minimum of 60 years.

“At that time, Atiku was willfully blind to fear of a PDP one-party dictatorship but now appears to be under the influence of a distorted vision inflicted by the debilitating serial trouncing of his party at the polls.

“The PDP’s brigandage, impunity and profligacy of 16 years remain unforgettable.”

Morka further explained that in its brief period at the helm, “APC has implemented far-reaching   reform of the Electoral Act, and introduced technological innovations, including the Bimodal Voters Accreditation System (BVAS) and the INEC Results Viewing Portal (IReV) all aimed at improving electoral transparency and deepening our democracy.”

He said: “Remarkably, Atiku and his PDP have not only consistently failed at the polls, they have proved incapable of offering a credible alternative political vision as expected of an opposition party.

“Instead, the PDP has sustained its free fall into the abyss of quicksand by its intractable internal contradictions and impoverished leadership.”

According to him, the PDP’s flagrant disregard for due process, another of its bane, is the reason the party fielded its National Secretary, Sen. Samuel Anyanwu, as governorship candidate in Imo State in the just-concluded off-season gubernatorial election.

“As a candidate, Sen. Anyanwu failed to resign his position as National Secretary as required by law.

“Is it any wonder that the Imo electorate rejected Anyanwu, who clearly did not have confidence in his own candidacy to quit his position as a party officer? Anyanwu’s greedy disposition has reportedly sparked a fresh round of leadership imbroglio at the ‘Wadata House of Commotion’,” the statement further said.

The APC National Publicity Secretary stated: “We urge Atiku to concentrate on repairing his damaged political psyche and attempt to revive his comatose PDP and leave APC out of their combined predicament.

“However, we welcome the former Vice-President’s  charge to opposition political parties to rally together to engage in opposition politics.

The APC added: “On our part, President Bola Tinubu will continue, undisturbed, to justify his electoral promises in the Renewed Hope Agenda as he builds a safer, stronger, and economically vibrant country for the benefit of all.

“That’s what Nigerians care about; that’s what they deserve.”

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