The Edo State Peoples Democratic Party Campaign Management Council has said that the All Progressives Congress (APC) is suffocating the strength of the nation’s unity, national security and economic survival, adding that every interest which truly believes in the nation’s continuous unity should feel provoked and suggest ways to avoid the apparent calamity which the APC is aiming to foist on the political space with its Muslim-Muslim ticket which according to the party is being condemned across the nation.
The deputy director, Media & Publicity of the State Campaign Management Council and commissioner for communication and orientation, Chris Nehikhare, stated this in a statement while reacting to a press release by the Tinubu/Shettima Presidential Campaign Council, signed by Festus Keyamo, SAN; director of public affairs and chief spokesperson, Tinubu/Shettima Campaign titled: Obaseki’s Break-up Statement: A Study in Sheer Hypocracy.
Nehikhare in his statement described Keyamo’s statement as ” most unfortunate and gravely undermining of an objective call for Nigerians to critically examine and address the political party that has triggered some of the very pertinent issues currently suffocating the strength of our unity, national security as well as economic survival.”
While berating the APC for defending its Muslim-Muslim ticket, the statement said, “Isn’t it hypocritical, when against the sensibilities of all well-meaning Nigerians, with different religious bodies and even the fair-minded members of the APC; the APC is still adamantly defending a Muslim-Muslim ticket of their presidential and vice presidential candidates? Any interest which seriously believes in our continuous unity should feel provoked and be suggestive of ways to avoid the apparent calamity which the APC is aiming to foist on our political space with such stubborn and obtrusive political ambition which glaringly is a departure from the understanding, fair play, tolerance, fellow-feelings and patriotic fervours that have nurtured our togetherness thus far. Isn’t this hypocritical?
“When building political blocs, apart from the agglomeration of different interests with concerns which appeal to all, it cannot be overemphasized that Nigeria has never witnessed greater agitation for ethnic separatism as it stands today. Considering the role religion and sectional favoritisms in national appointments have caused, the call to have a rethink of all endangering factors should be critical to all.”
While assuring the APC that only the PDP presents the surest aim of unifying the nation, the statement noted that Nigerians are wiser and understand that Governor Obaseki is making a call for self-appraisal and national preservation.
“Apart from the restitution of our economy, the PDP currently presents the surest aim of unifying our nation at the brink of disintegration.
“As it stands today, the APC has become a revolving door of desperation for power, the Emilokán syndrome fueled by crass ignorance, senseless power hound, apparent lack of empathy for bringing governance into a pitiable state of despair; for which all well-meaning Nigerians must strenuously resist from continuing to devalue.
“Regretfully, the APC has been given a great chance at governance at the centre. We can all attest to the general abysmal state of affairs today. Nigerians have the benefit of making comparison. And we even hear how the APC Presidential candidate has been going about campaigning on how to build on their apparently pitiable legacies.
“With the benefit of hindsight, Nigerians are wiser now. They understand that Godwin Obaseki was not merely making a political campaign statement, but a call for self-appraisal and national preservation.