Buhari, Tinubu are not democrats - PDP
The leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party has impugned the credentials of the leader of Congress for Progressive Change, Maj.- Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), and the National Leader of the Action Congress of Nigeria, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, as democrats.
According to the ruling political party, the two pivotal characters in the All Progressives Congress should stop parading themselves as saints and democrats.
'They will lose the 2015 general elections despite the so-called merger of their parties which is built on deceit, corruption and falsehood and as such want to invent excuses' ahead of time, the PDP Acting National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Tony Okeke, in a statement in Abuja said at the weekend.
'Buhari and Tinubu, who are well-known despots, lack the moral justification to pontificate on democracy, especially when all their actions are dictatorial.'
Okeke added ,'In2003,he forced John Nwodo Jr. and other presidential candidates in the then All Peoples Party to step down for him, leading to the famous 'I weep for Nigeria' statement by Nwodo. In 2003, Buhari imposed himself and failed. In 2007 and 2011, he imposed himself and failed. If he imposes himself and his lackey, Tinubu or Tinubu's wife as a running-mate in 2015, he will also fail.'
The statement also described Tinubu as a man lacking in democratic credentials.
Okeke said, 'Tinubu has been going around making statements to portray himself as a hero of democracy from which imaginary pedestal he continues to vilify and accuse the PDP of working against Nigeria's democracy.
'It is to say the least, rather pathetic that the opposition leader has failed to realise that Nigerians have since become fully aware of his antecedents as he has continued to exhibit crass dictatorship in the leadership of the ACN and states controlled by the ACN.'
But the ACN, through its spokesperson, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, dismissed the PDP statement, describing its leadership lacked knowledge on happenings in the party.
The party spokesman asked the PDP leadership to look inward in order to be able to realise that there were works to be done in-house before it could accuse others of inaction or dictatorship.
Mohammed, however, carpeted Okeke on his claim, saying he had little or no knowledge of issues he was raising.
He said, 'Oluremi Tinubu represents Lagos Central Senatorial District while Mamora was representing Lagos East. You can see the level of ignorance from the people who are representing the self-acclaimed biggest political party in Nigeria.
He said, 'The PDP seems not to know the different between endorsement and election. Endorsement does not stop election and primary.
'What is happening in Rivers State is a case of intolerance. What happened in Bayelsa State when Timipre Sylva was stopped by a single person, was that not the height of dictatorship. The PDP is known for intolerance.'