Akin Akande, Abuja
The war of words between the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the opposition parties at the weekend continued as the ruling party came hard on the opposition Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) and Congress for Progressive Charge (CPC), describing them as irresponsible, meddlesome and foolish scandal-mongers.
The ruling party also branded the ACN leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, as a despot after he imposed his daughter, Folashade Tinubu-Ojo, who is not a full-time trader to succeed his mother, late Alhaja Abibat Mogaji, as President-General of the Association of Nigerian Market Women and Men.
The PDP through its acting National Publicity Secretary, Barrister Tony Caesar Okeke, also lambasted ACN for asking President Goodluck Jonathan to probe reports that security operatives prevented Rivers State Governor, Chibuike Amaechi from personally exchanging pleasantries with him at a dinner at the Presidential villa last Wednesday.
It described the demand by the ACN as “irresponsible meddlesomeness and foolish scandal mongering” saying the ACN and its co-traveller, the CPC are merely embittered by the reconciliations in the PDP and are as such crying wolf where there is none.”
The party said that such protocol issues are understood by all, adding that ACN and CPC have overtime showed that they are quarrelsome parties, which derive pleasure in causing disaffection among Nigerians.
Said the PDP: “The ACN and the CPC are merely embittered by the reconciliations so far achieved in the PDP and seek to use all means to undermine it. That is why they are crying wolf where there is none.
“Protocol issues are understood all over the world. Therefore the demand by the ACN smacks of irresponsible meddlesomeness and foolish scandal mongering aimed at causing disaffection among our leaders and party members.
“The ACN leader, who parades himself as a democrat has clearly shown his despotic tendencies with the installation of his daughter as the leader of traders without recourse to democratic processes.
“Nigerians have clearly seen that the so-called democrats and self-styled messiahs in the ACN are indeed wolves in sheep’s skins.
“The ACN leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu who has been parading himself as a democrat has once again shown his despotic tendencies with the installation of his daughter, Mrs. Folashade Tinubu-Ojo, who is not a full-time trader to succeed his mother late Alhaja Abibat Mogaji, as President-General of the Association of Nigerian Market Women and Men in utter disregard to democratic principles.
“This shows the level of disdain the ACN and its leaders have for democracy. It shows the type of leadership that is obtainable within the ACN where members have been gagged just as it indicates what form of leadership Nigerians should expect if such leaders are allowed to hold power at any level in the country.
“We challenge the ACN which always harps on democratic principles to examine this issue and come out with its verdict. We also call on Lagos Sate Governor, Babatunde Fashola to listen to the people and ensure that the right thing is done by allowing the traders to choose their leader through a democratic means,” the PDP said.