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The All Progressives Congress (APC) has admonished the PDP to stop
being a cry baby and come to terms with the cold, hard reality that
its fortunes have since plummeted and that it is now in opposition.

In a statement issued in Abuja on Wednesday by its National Publicity
Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said the fact that the PDP
devoted a substantial part of the communique, issued after the
inaugural meeting of the its National Working Committee and
Governors/Senators-elect, to complaining about alleged harassment and
intimidation by the APC, when it should be strategising about the
daunting task ahead of it, shows that the erstwhile ruling party still
does not understand the enormity of the challenges awaiting it as an
opposition party.

It said the truth of the matter is that the PDP is scared stiff of
being in opposition, adding: ”We don’t blame them as they have
neither the capacity nor the commitment to be in opposition. A party
that stood for nothing but looting and rent collection will naturally
be afraid of being in opposition, where there is nothing to loot or
rent to collect.”

APC advised the PDP to understand that it is not by repeating obvious
lies that an opposition party can be effective, but by being creative,
knowledgeable, resourceful and above all credible. It is not by cheap
blackmail, but by being resilient.

”This is why we wish to extend to the  National Working
Committee of the PDP a free orientation, just as we have offered the
party’s spokesman a free crash course in how to be an opposition party
spokesman. The theme of the orientation for the PDP NWC members will
be ‘transiting from the ruling party to an opposition party’

”In the first instance, there is no substitute for experience. Also,
we believe that democracy will be deepened only when there is
cooperation between the governing party and the opposition, hence the
offer,” the party said.

APC slammed the PDP for daring to complain of harassment and
intimidation by the APC, saying if any party is guilty of harassment,
intimidation and impunity before, during and after the 2015 general
elections, it is the PDP.

”Have they so soon forgotten the reckless show of shame by their OPC
lackeys with the full support of the Nigeria Police Force in Lagos or
the mindless bombings and killings of APC members in Rivers and Gombe
states, among others?  Only on Monday, APC supporters were again
reportedly killed in Rivers and Kaduna states.

”Haven’t the folks in the PDP seen the pictures being circulated of
their (PDP) supporters brandishing machetes in broad daylight during
the party’s campaign in Aba on Tuesday (21April)?” it queried.

APC also described as laughable the allegation by the PDP that the APC
is trying to turn the country into a one-party state by luring and
making irresistible offers to the leadership of the PDP.

”The truth of the matter is that the leadership of the PDP is not
even waiting to be approached before fleeing to the APC. PDP leaders
and members are falling over themselves shamelessly and swearing
undying allegiance to the APC. Well, in case they did not get the
message of the President-elect and our National Chairman, we want to
repeat it in very blunt terms: PDP leaders and members, you are not
welcome in APC. Please stay in your party, but if – as we suspect –
you cannot survive in opposition, then take a walk, quit politics,”
the party said.

APC also reacted to the whining of the PDP concerning alleged plan by
the APC to use the Election Petition Tribunals ‘to truncate and
subvert the freely given mandate by the people in the states and
constituencies’, saying it amounts to blackmail.

”No amount of blackmail from the PDP will dissuade us from seeking
redress in the Election Petition Tribunals, especially in states where
the whole world knows there were no elections. Since we don’t believe
in self-help like the  PDP, we see a recourse to the Tribunal
as a lawful means of giving vent to our rejection of the massive
electoral malfeasance and the resort to violence in some states

”In case the PDP, beaten and battered by electoral pummeling, has
forgotten, the recourse to the Tribunals to seek redress is the only
lawful means of resolving electoral disputes. Anything else amounts to
self-help, which is not our forte,” the party said.



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