The Presidency has criticized 13 opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governors over their position a fortnight ago that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) was unfit to participate in the 2023 general election.
APC stated that the governors were delusional and only sought to cover up their criminal failures and damaging PDP years.
It should be recalled that PDP governors had passed a damning verdict on the APC administration of President Muhammadu Buhari at a meeting on March 24, at the Umuobiakwa country home of their Vice Chairman and Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu. The meeting had 12 governors and a deputy governor in attendance.
In a nine-point communiqué at the forum read by Chairman of the PDP governor’s forum and Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, the opposition governors said should APC insist on contesting the forthcoming general election, despite its woeful failure in every aspect of national life, Nigerians should reject the ruling party outright at the polls.
However, in a statement by Senior Special Assistant to the President (Media and Publicity), Mallam Garba Shehu, the presidency rejected the PDP communiqué and described it as a work of fiction by those who believed black was white, and one plus one equalled three.
Shehu threw the blame back at the opposition party, and highlighted the alleged damage done by PDP in its 16-year administration, as well as how the APC government had worked in the last seven years to refocus the country.
The statement said the PDP governors’ declaration sought to cover up the failures of the party in office, which the Buhari administration and APC had attempted in the past seven years to repair.
It further carpeted the governors of the opposition party, who were signatories to the communiqué, stressing that their antecedents make them unfit for the trust of Nigerians. The presidency alleged that the PDP governors were persons who had long profited from playing divisive politics, and fanning hate.