The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has asked the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to focus on its own campaigns and not worry about when the ruling party would constitute a campaign council.
Backstory: The National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu spoke on Sunday while reacting to a statement credited to the PDP accusing the ruling party of plotting to rig the forthcoming elections hence the party’s failure to constitute a campaign council.
Issa-Onilu stated that “Rather than focus on its own campaign, the only apparent concern of PDP is whether APC has flagged off its campaigns or not.”
According to the ruling party, it would soon begin a series of strategic engagements with Nigerians, adding that it had started its campaign on assumption of office.
Issa-Onilu said, “Of course, APC will soon begin strategic engagements with the people of this country. Unlike PDP, our party as the ruling party began our campaign immediately President Muhammadu Buhari resumed office.”
“We have spent the last three and half years carrying out massive infrastructural projects in all the 36 states of the country. We have invested heavily in social intervention programmes targeted at the ordinary Nigerians, at a scale never seen before in this country. The onslaught against corruption, the lasting solutions being put in place to provide security across our country, the transformation in the agricultural and the solid minerals sectors are the real campaigns that the APC government has embarked on since June 2015.”
The PDP had made several allegations against the Buhari-led administration including the fact that a failure to set up a campaign council was an indication that Buhari was not ready to stand for elections.
Bottom Line: Of course, the PDP has no right to determine how the APC decides to run its campaign. But it truly is strange that with 60 days to the election, the president has not deemed it fit to flag off his campaign. Before November 18, his claim was that he was waiting for INEC to open the campaign season. It has been almost a month since they did and still there is hardly any movement from the villa.