The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has berated the presidential candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu, for parleying with former Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan, saying that the move will not help the candidate in next year’s election.
In a statement by the party’s national publicity secretary, Debo Ologunagba, the PDP said Tinubu and his running mate, Kashim Shettima, were trying to clean up their past misdeeds against Nigerians, by having a meeting with the former president.
Ologunagba added that Tinubu and the APC vilified the Jonathan administration in the build-up to the 2015 election but are now distancing themselves from the abysmal performance of the Buhari-led administration, arguing that the APC candidate is trying to hoodwink Nigerians, by using a photo opportunity with the former president ahead of next year’s election.
He said: “Nigerians are scandalised over the disgraceful and hypocritical attempt by Tinubu and other APC leaders to distance themselves from President Muhammadu Buhari over the abysmal failure of the Buhari-led administration in which they are principal actors.
“Nigerians have not forgotten how Tinubu callously vilified Dr. Jonathan, spewed hate against his administration, and reportedly funded a near riotous protest, which was inflamed by concocted economic lies, propaganda, and false statistics to discredit the Jonathan-led PDP administration.”
Ologunagba added that “Nigerians can equally recall how Shettima, as governor of Borno State, sabotaged and frustrated Jonathan’s administration in its effort to curb insecurity in Borno.
“What is expected of APC leaders at this moment is to apologise unreservedly to Jonathan, the PDP, and Nigerians for the life-discounting situation they have foisted on our nation in the last seven years. After that, they should quietly quit the stage, take valedictory pictures with terrorists, political thugs, and election riggers since they cannot have any space among well-meaning Nigerians,” the PDP said.