The opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has slammed the Presidency and the ruling All Progressives Congress, (APC), for attacking the Presidential candidate of the opposition party, Atiku Abubakar, for holding a strategic meeting in Dubai.
PDP said the attack of the Presidency and the APC over the strategy meeting by Abubakar was “defeatist and a clear sign that they are already petrified ahead of the 2019 electoral contest.”
In a statement by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan, the opposition party observed that since the emergence of the former Vice President as its Presidential candidate, APC and the Presidency had abandoned governance for smear campaign.
The statement reads: “Since the emergence of Atiku Abubakar as PDP Presidential candidate, the panic-stricken Buhari Presidency and the APC have abandoned governance for smear campaign and now fret over the strategy meetings because they know that the outcome will dismount their incompetent, deceitful and disconnected administration.
“APC is panicking over our strategy meetings because it did not only fail to deliver on the promises it made in the past, but is also completely bereft of ideas required to solve the problems it caused, even as it knows that it cannot drive our country in this 21st century.
“Is it not ludicrous that the APC has become so disoriented that it is now issuing statements about the venue of our meetings which does not offend any section of our laws, and for which it has now rented itself to lies and spurious allegations?
“By its statement, the APC has demonstrated its confusion, lack of organization and tact to manage itself and the responsibilities of governance; the very reason our country has been in dire strait since the last three and half years of the Buhari administration.
“Moreover, the APC and its Presidential candidate, President Muhammadu Buhari are entangled in enough personal and collective crisis and we counsel them to face their problems instead of dabbling into the issue of venue for our meetings.
“If President Buhari and the APC had sat down to draw up strategies for governance, our nation would not be facing the economic, social and security woes that have brought her to its knees in the last three and half years
“The PDP and our Presidential candidate will therefore not allow a dysfunctional and rejected party like the APC to distract us from our partnership with Nigerians in the all-important mission to remove the incompetent administration of President Buhari.
“Finally, the APC should know that it is fighting a lost battle as Nigerians are with our candidate, Atiku Abubakar, and they know that he will not engage in anything illicit.”