The National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Sunday slammed the leader of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, and the National Leader of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Bola Tinubu, as undemocratic elements, urging them to stop parading themselves as saints and democrats as Nigerians already know their dictatorial antecedents.
PDP said it took stock of activities of Buhari and Tinubu and came to the conclusion that they were bitter because they know that “they will lose the 2015 general election despite the so-called merger of their parties which is built on deceit, corruption and falsehood and as such want to invent excuses” ahead of time.
A statement by the PDP Acting National Publicity Secretary, Tony Caesar Okeke, in Abuja, said: “Buhari and Tinubu who are well-known despots lacked the moral justification to pontificate on democracy especially when all their actions are dictatorial.”
Listing the CPC’s leader undemocratic history, Okeke said, “Buhari has refused to change his dictatorial tendencies. He has continued to impose himself as leader of any political party where he finds himself and uses his despotic powers to handpick candidates for elections. In 2003, he forced John Nwodo Jr. and other presidential candidates in the then All Peoples Party (APP) to step down for him leading to the famous ‘I weep for Nigeria’ statement by Nwodo. In 2003, Buhari imposed himself and failed. In 2007 and 2011, he imposed himself and failed. If he imposes himself and his lackey Tinubu or Tinubu’s wife as running mate in 2015, he will also fail”.
The statement also described Tinubu as a man lacking in democratic credentials and as such should learn to advise himself before pouring vituperations on the PDP, especially with regards to issues of internal democracy.
“Tinubu has been going around making statements to portray himself as a hero of democracy from which imaginary pedestal he continues to vilify and accuse the PDP of working against Nigeria’s democracy.
“It is, to say the least, rather pathetic that the opposition leader has failed to realise that Nigerians have since become fully aware of his double-facedness as he has continued to exhibit crass dictatorship in the leadership of the ACN and states controlled by the ACN.
“It is on record that the so-called democrat crowned himself the national leader of the ACN without recourse to appropriate democratic process. It is also on record that Tinubu forced the former Speaker of Lagos State House of Assembly, Senator Olorunnimbe Mamora, to leave the Senate, despite his enviable performance, only to replace him with his wife, Senator Oluremi Tinubu, who has made no meaningful contribution since she got to the Senate more than two years ago thereby depriving the good people of Lagos State effective representation in the Senate.
“Nigerians have not forgotten how Tinubu recently imposed his daughter, Mrs. Folashade Tinubu-Ojo, who is not a full-time trader to replace his late mother, Abibatu Mogaji as President-General of the Association of Nigerian Market Women and Men.
“Tinubu may wish to be reminded how he used his dictatorial powers to install his son in-law, Hon. Oyetunde Oladimeji Ojo, as a member representing Ijero/Efon/Ekiti West of Ekiti State in the House of Representatives, while his daughter was imposed as a member of the Assembly.
“It is still fresh in the minds of Nigerians that Tinubu recently tried to bar a member of the House, Hon. Bamidele Opeyemi, from contesting the 2014 governorship election in Ekiti State, a despotic act, which was widely condemned across the country.
“Nigerians have not forgotten that the same man who now parades himself as a champion of democracy ran away at the heat of the military dictatorship, leaving the struggle for acclaimed statesmen such as Pa. Abraham Adesaya, Chief Gani Fawehinmi, Dr. Alex Ekwueme, among others, just to return at the end of the struggle to wangle his way to become governor of Lagos State.
“Buhari and Tinubu are united in dictatorship. It is on this pedestal that they are pursuing their merger to register the All Progressives Congress (APC) which manifesto betrays the fact that they have absolutely nothing to offer but desperate for power for their selfish gains.
“We urge all lovers of democracy especially those seeking elections on the platform of any party where the duo are in control to wake up before it is too late as there will not be any primaries to give them a level playing ground to realise their dreams.
“Nigerians in general should also note the antecedents of these politicians and their cronies and know that any government in which they are allowed to hold sway will be a terrible government characterised by dictatorship, corruption and abuse of the right of Nigerians,” the statement said.