By Akin Akande, Abuja
The war of words between the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the leader of Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Senator Bola Tinubu may have taken a new dimension as the former has told the latter to focus on salvaging his fast crumbling political empire instead of constantly commenting on issues of the ruling party.
While reacting to the criticism of the formation of the PDP Governors Forum (PDPGF) by the former Lagos state governor, the National Publicity Secretary of PDP, Olisa Metuh questioned the motive of Senator Tinubu in the ‘disparaging’ comments he made against the emergence of the PDPGF saying “his remarks are contrary to the constitutionally guaranteed freedom of association.”
“Since the inception of the current democratic dispensation, Governors have had several groups where they meet to aggregate their common interests. We have Governors of the ACN always meeting.
“We also have groups like the Northern Governors Forum, South-East Governors Forum, South -South Governors Forum and so on. What is the idea behind Tinubu’s attack on the PDPGF? He asked.
“It goes to show the absence of democratic ten NSE Set To Aid Emerging Businesses tenets in him for him to attempt to prevent Nigerian citizens from associating with one another”, the party said.
The PDP also questioned the democratic credentials of Senator Tinubu saying his dictatorial tendencies and his nepotistic disposition are responsible for the intractable crisis within the ACN.
“Senator Tinubu is the least qualified to question any meeting of like minds where decisions are taken based on sound debates and objective reasoning.
He is used to ruling a small association on impulse where his word is law. He cannot therefore offer any useful advice on how a mega democratic association like the PDP should be organized”, it said.
According to the ruling party, “Bola Tinubu is always desperate to be in the public glare. This is the reason why he constantly pays his way to attend functions. Nigerians know the true worth of Tinubu and are not deceived by his warped arguments.
His ACN is in dire need of redemption and he should concern himself with that rather than thread on unfamiliar grounds”
The party said the constant attacks on its Governors’ Forum is an indication that the opposition has been having sleepless nights over the formation of the Forum and the emergence of Akwa Ibom state Governor Godswill Akpabio as its chairman.
It noted that the opposition leaders are afraid of the impact the forum will make under Akpabio, especially given his track record in achieving his mandates and as such are hell bent on discrediting him and causing disunity among the members.
The PDP however assured that its Governors’ Forum has come to stay adding that no amount of attacks by the opposition will deter the governors from working together for the good of the nation.
The party urged PDP Governors to disregard the opposition and rally round their chairman to initiate programmes that will consolidate the PDP’s bond with the Nigerian people rather than be distracted by people who are fast losing relevance in Nigerian politics.
“Let them continue blowing hot air while we concentrate on delivering quality service to the Nigerian people. Nigerians are no fools.
They know where the protection of their future lies. The PDP remains committed to the building of the Nigeria of our dreams.