The APC, in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, noted that democracy cannot be fully operational in a situation where Nigeria’s “supposed main opposition” has become a crude joke.
“Nigeria deserves a strong, vibrant opposition to play its conventional role in the polity to deepen democracy. Sadly, Nigeria is becoming a one-party state. As a party that believes in democracy and progressive politics, we cannot pretend any longer.
“Democracy cannot be said to be fully operational in a situation where the supposed ‘main’ opposition party, PDP has become a joke, irresponsible and rudderless”, said the APC.
The statement said even as the “governing party”, it recognises the importance of rigorous and intelligent interrogation of its policies and programmes by the opposition.
It added that there are a lot to gain by Nigeria’s democracy and the country in an atmosphere of robust engagement by responsible and patriotic opposition. “The political system we practise has important roles for the political parties outside of power. The system envisaged that such parties would provide alternative viewpoints and put the governing party on its toes.
“Instead, the PDP and their minions have in the name of opposition continued to distract the government and Nigerians with their post-election delusions, salacious fictions, conjured rifts in government circles and of course the lowest of it all, the pathetic and senseless Jubril of Sudan malicious tale, among other fake news. Tragic!
“It is sad that PDP has finally proved incapable of filling this important democratic space. The other mushroom parties are even worse. Some of the smaller parties are filled with incurable charlatans issuing infantile weekly press statements on behalf of the PDP. Our democracy deserves better”, APC added.