ACN, CPC Planning Propaganda War Against Jonathan – PDP

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Peoples Democratic Party has alleged that two opposition political parties –
the Action Congress of Nigeria and the Congress for Progressive Change – are
planning to destabilise the President Goodluck Jonathan-led Federal Government.
The PDP said the two parties were
planning to use massive propaganda against the Federal Government. National Publicity Secretary of the
PDP, Chief Olisa Metuh, made the allegation, on Monday, when he received zonal
publicity secretaries of the party from South-East, Odefa Odefa; North-West,
Saidu Chiroma; and North-East, Alami Mohammed, in his office in Abuja.

Metuh said the two parties had voted a
huge amount of money to discredit Jonathan’s administration and the PDP.

He said, “We have uncovered a game plan
by CPC and ACN to embark on a propaganda war against the PDP, the President and
its elected officials to deceive the public.
“In the next few weeks, the nation
will see a huge blackmail, lies and cheap propaganda which they have budgeted
very huge amount of money to discredit the PDP.
“We therefore direct millions of our
supporters to be calm about these elements, which have nothing to show except
cheap lies.
“We challenge the opposition to come
and debate on programmes, actions and governance of the PDP rather than cheap
blackmail.”
However, the CPC said the PDP-led
Federal Government was a dying administration.
The CPC National Publicity Secretary,
Mr. Rotimi Fashakin, told our correspondent that the present administration was
heading for disaster.
Fashakin said, “All we have said in
recent time are verifiable facts. Is this government now getting afraid of its
shadows?
“That is usually the tactics of dying
administrations. They usually ascribe their intrinsic capacity for failure to
others.
“Do not be surprised if this
administrations bares its fangs. As a party, we have simply told the leadership
of PDP that their party has become a byword in dishonourable violence. The
leaders of PDP do not see, hear or discern anymore.
“The nation’s wheel of progress is
grinding to a screeching.”
Also, the ACN said it was obvious that
the PDP-led Federal Government was tired of governance.
ACN’s spokesperson, Alhaji Lai
Mohammed, told our correspondent that the statement by Metuh could be a ploy by
the government to start arresting the members of the opposition.
Mohammed said, “You see, the
government and the party are overwhelmed with the responsibility on their
shoulders.
“How do we plan to destabilise the
government? Do we have army, police or any security agents of our own?
“That statement is an act of
desperation and it could also be a foundation to start arresting opposition
leaders.
“All we have done is to market our
ideas in public domain. We have asked them to join us to propagate our ideas
before the Nigerian public.”
“Both the FG and the PDP are dearth of
ideas. It is a pity that such a party is the ruling party in Nigeria.”
Meanwhile, Metuh said the PDP was
satisfied with the performance of the President since his assumption of office,
adding that the party was  monitoring the performance and activities of
its other elected officials.
He called on the zonal publicity
secretaries to focus on issues while educating the people on the benefit of PDP
leadership.
He said, “We have been able to
stabilise the economy in the midst of world global recession as is the case in
Italy and Spain. We have not witnessed any bank that collapsed in Nigeria.
“We are happy with the President and
his visions towards transforming Nigeria. We have a President whose humility is
unparallel, who has shown love to his people through his vision for his
people.”
Speaking on behalf of his
colleagues,  Odefa frowned on the criticisms levelled against the PDP and
the President by the opposition parties.
Odefa urged the CPC and the ACN to be
more mature in their criticism, saying the strength of opposition parties was
not determined by the newspaper publication but by grassroots spread and
acceptability.
He said, “We are not afraid of the
merger and criticism because we hold the ball. It is the man who holds the ball
that face tackles.
“The way ACN and CPC is criticising
the President is not healthy, they should be more mature in their criticism.
“We are not bothered or afraid of the
opposition parties because we have the largest followers. Let them merge
million times we are not bothered, during election, we know how to do better by
carrying people along.
“We challenge the CPC and ACN to a
debate as to who is doing the right thing in the country.”
Source:
Punch

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