….It is part of 16 years of impunity inherited from PDP, Says APC
Nnaya Eziyi, Omaha
The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus has accused the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) of empowering and licensing killer-herdsmen activities across Nigeria.
Secondus stated this while addressing members of Abia State chapter of the party at its secretariat in Umuahia, the capital, during his one day visit to the state, saying enough was enough of the activities.
He blamed the APC-led Federal Government for failing to live up to its “prime responsibility of protecting the lives and property of the people and exposing them to untold hardship since it assumed office in 2015.”
“Nigerians should hold the administration responsible for our woes. We must blame it for mismanaging the economy of the country. Food and fuel scarcity have become permanent in the country as if we don’t have a government,” he said.
Maintaining that the PDP was the alternative of choice to the APC, he said the people had become so disenchanted with the administration that they were only waiting for the 2019 general election to show it the way out.
Secondus argued that with the dissatisfaction shown by the people with the administration, he was sure the PDP would win the election with a landslide, “I have been talking with North Central geopolitical zone governors and they are on their way coming.”
The chairman, who maintained that the APC lacked vision, focus, purpose, and divided among themselves across the country, challenged members of his party “to brace up for the rescue mission ahead.”
He warned the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) against rigging the election in favour of the APC, adding “You must be prepared in the interest of our democracy to ensure the election will be free and fair.”
Similarly, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, while welcoming the chairman, said Secondus had within his short period in office shown capacity to strengthen and redirect the party as well as lead it back to the presidency.
He said since assumption of office, his administration had completed many projects that have direct bearing on the life of the people, adding that 20 of such projects would be commissioned each day from Monday to Wednesday.
Thanking the chairman for honouring the invitation for the visit to the state even at short notice, he assured him of the support of the state chapter to realise his dream of making “the largest party in Africa once again the first choice of Nigerians.”
Speaking earlier, the Chairman of the chapter Chief Johnson Onuigbo said the visit was like home coming for Secondus, assuring him that he could take the support and loyalty of the members for him for granted.
Meanwhile, the state Publicity Secretary of the APC, Mr. Benedict Godson has dismissed the allegations, saying he was surprised that Secondus was not aware that farmers/herdsmen clashes had been existing for years.
Accepting that there had been escalation in the clashes in recent times, he blamed it on weak institutions created by the opposition party during “its 16 years of mismanaging of the country and season of impunity and arrogance.”
He said that rather than level baseless allegations against the APC, the PDP should be grateful to it for having addressed majority of the challenges it inherited from the past administration, assuring that sooner than latter the clashes would end.
The publicity secretary, who said he was sure the INEC was bent on conducting a credible election in 2019, added that “the chairman was rightly adducing excuses in advance for his party’s anticipated defeat in the polls.”