NATIONAL leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP yesterday took a swipe at the opposition political party, the All Progressives Congress, APC, saying it has concluded plans to use the outcome of the ongoing membership registration to hype what the PDP termed a phantom public support.
The PDP also alleged that with the targeted 28 million membership figures the APC plans to realise at the end of the exercise, it would take to violence at the end of the 2015 Presidential election when it fails to record a total voters’ figure of its membership strength.
Addressing Journalists yesterday in Abuja at the PDP national Secretariat, PDP National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh who noted that the party was not afraid of APC membership registration across the country, however accused the opposition of what it termed unlawful use of designated centres for election by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC for the exercise, adding that no party in Nigeria has monopoly of mischief.
Accusing INEC of maintaining silence over the use of its election centres for the registration exercise, PDP said, “Indeed we find it shocking and curious that INEC whose responsibility is to safeguard against this sort of aberration has not only kept mum as the APC fraudulently uses its name for this infamous agenda but has folded hands in the face of this abuse and illegal conversion of its property.
According to Metuh, “Our great party has received reports from various states, calling our attention to an on-going, well planned clandestine moves by the All Progressives Congress, APC, to lay mines in the way of a successful conduct of 2015 general elections, using its nation wide membership registration as a ruse. It is very unfortunate that while the PDP led federal government is solidifying the foundation of a credible electoral system it has already laid, and INEC is yet to release the final details of the 2015 general elections timetable, which is still a year ahead, the APC is already introducing weird inventions, calculated to torpedo the process and blow sky-high, the huge expectations of Nigerians and the international community.
“We are all aware that the APC is currently conducting a nation wide registration of its members. The Peoples Democratic Party whole heartedly welcomes this development as it tallies with our avowed commitment to political plurality and the freeing of the democratic space so as to enable every Nigerian find expression on whatever political platform that he or she so wishes.
This is because we firmly believe in competitive democracy as an antidote to mediocrity and complacency. That informed the choice, the resolve and the commitment of the PDP led Federal Government to the rule of law, due process, freedom of information and the non-negotiability of free, fair and credible elections.
“However, it is clear from the statements, actions and the activities of the leaders of the APC, that the opposition has only been changing names without changing its character. Their commitment to being a credible alternative, leaves a yawning gap in the face of its furious self willed handicap to genuinely contribute in building the fabrics of our democracy.
“Our investigations revealed that part of the plot by the APC is use to this fraudulent membership registration exercise to hype a phantom public support after which it will declare a particular bogus figure and create a false impression of massive public followership ahead of the 2015 general elections.
“We wish to alert Nigerians therefore to the incontrovertible evidence at our disposal to the effect that the APC is sadly and currently using every foul means at its disposal to build a particular membership figure, running into tens of millions, which it intends to use as a justification to fault, dispute, reject and subsequently take to violence when it loses the 2015 general elections.
“ This fraudulent membership figure, meant to create an unexisting mass followership is to be maniacally presented, projected and defended by the APC, using its well known unethically hypodermic propaganda tools as an anticipated real voter strength, below which it will carry out its threat to unleash mayhem on the nation as contained in its allegory of “the monkey, the baboon and blood.”