Akin Akande, Abuja
The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) has accused the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Presidency of not only dividing the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF) for selfish reasons but also destroying many national institutions.
The party also accused the ruling PDP of hijacking the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), the umbrella group for all voluntary youth bodies in Nigeria. The PDP, according to CAN, has imposed of its member as the President of NYCN, a non-partisan organisation.
The ACN in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said just like they divided the NGF and destroyed many national institutions, the PDP and the Presidency have also infiltrated the NYCN with the intention of using it for partisan purposes.
Said the CAN scribe, ”The destructive train of the PDP and the Presidency, which has been targeting national institutions and organisations, has recently rammed into the NYCN, and the outcome is chaos and deep division in an otherwise cohesive and non-partisan body.
”In the desperation to seize control of many institutions and organisations, including voluntary groups and professional bodies, as part of their 2015 election strategy, the PDP and the Presidency are sowing the seed of discord and destruction everywhere.
Based on available evidence, the crisis currently rocking the NYCN has the imprimatur of the PDP and the Presidency, he explained.
”Our concern here is the emerging desperation of the Presidency and the ruling party ahead of the 2015 polls; the do-or-die tendency on the part of this Siamese twin of evil and what this bodes for the 2015 elections.
If these desperate folks are not checked, every value we hold dear would be destroyed in the name of mad politicking,” it said.
The party alleged that the man, who has been imposed as the president of NYCN, even though the Council’s election was cancelled because of a court order, is a card-carrying member of the PDP and an aide to the PDP Chairman, Bamangar Tukur.
It wondered why a government that has not positively impacted on the people would be so doggedly pursuing the destruction of such bodies as the NGF and the NYCN.
”The Presidency’s anointed candidate lost the NGF Chairmanship election and refused to accept the result. Now the Presidency’s anointed candidate has been named the President of the NYCN even when the body’s election did not hold,” he said.
“Are these pointers to the mindset of the PDP/Presidency ahead of the 2015 polls? Is this why ‘Mr. Fix it’ has been ringing the consensus bell so there will (sic) be no election? Is this what the PDP/Presidency want to make of our democracy?
These and other questions must be agitating the minds of all lovers of democracy as the country inches closer and closer to the 2015 elections,” the ACN said.