September 13, 2014 – The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has lambasted the APC for attempting to deceive Nigerians by issuing statements and sponsoring fabrications in the media to present former Governor of Borno state, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff as being in President Goodluck Jonathan’s entourage to Chad knowing same to be completely false.
PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh in a statement on Saturday described as “repulsive and utterly despicable”, the refusal of the APC to shed its taste for lying, spreading of falsehood and attacks on individuals as means of achieving political control” in spite of several counsels by well-meaning Nigerians.
“Now that it has become incontrovertible that Senator Sheriff was not on the entourage of the President, we ask, was the APC release an issue of dishing out statements without cross-checking the facts or that of a desperate opposition party adopting the combination of lies, deceit and inciting of people as operational creed to hide its sinister agenda?”, the PDP queried.
Stating that the APC has again “displayed its lack of integrity and penchant for falsehood for which it has become repugnant to Nigerians”, the PDP said it was appalling that the opposition party has remained “a camp of dishonest lot whose statements cannot be trusted.”
“We invite Nigerians to note that APC’s statements are always laced with lies, unfounded allegations and fabrications. Recently, the APC issued a statement on the so-called Australian hostage negotiator, Stephen Davis only to be confronted with massive contradictions of facts with attendant controversy.
“We recall the shameful attempt to deceive Nigerians by accusing the PDP-led government of moving operatives of the DSS to terrorize the people of Osun state when in actual fact, the APC governor of Osun state also formally requested for their deployment ahead of the August 9 governorship election.
“Also the APC in June issued a statement wherein it alleged that a plane carrying Kano state Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso to attend its rally in Ekiti was denied landing permission in Akure, only for Kwankwaso’s Director of Press Affairs to announce that the governor was at another event in Kano and had no plans to travel to Ekiti state.
“This is a party that earlier this year raised an alarm that federal lawmakers were being induced with millions of dollars to defect to the PDP, only for Nigerians to find out that it was false; a party that threw all sense of honor to the wind to lie over an issue as ordinary as the age of its 52 years old Youth Leader.”, the ruling party stated
The PDP again drew the attention of Nigerians to a dangerous trend by the APC wherein it has resorted to personal attacks on those who left their fold. It recalled the personal attacks on Chief Tom Ikimi, former Kano Governor Ibrahim Shekarau, his Sokoto state counterpart, Attahiru Bafarawa, former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode and several others when they left the APC adding that such clearly shows it as an undemocratic and intolerant party desperate for survival.
Noting that such cannot save the APC, the PDP said many more of its members including two state governors and members of the National Assembly are now set to decamp to the PDP due to the bad image and anti-democratic stance of the APC.
It also upbraided the APC leaders for “working against the national interest and making themselves a laughing stock in the eyes of the international community by going to the British House of Commons and various international events to concoct stories in a bid to damage the image of their own nation” adding that such only portrays them as unpatriotic and irresponsible.
“We have before us individuals who most likely are used to concocting damaging stories even against their spouses and friends. This despicable trait must be dropped and should not transcend to fabricating destructive lies capable of tarnishing the image of our own dear nation,” the PDP said.