PDP HAS NO MORAL RIGHT TO INDICT OPPOSITION PARTIES â€“ ANPP
The All Nigeria Peoples Party has expressed displeasure over the Peoples Democratic Party's description of it as a 'factionalised and discordant party that cannot be entrusted with authority at any level in Nigeria.'
The National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Prof. Rufai Alkali, on Monday said the dissolution of - Chief Edwin Ume-Ezeoke-led National Working Committee by a faction in the ANPP signified that the party was not ready to 'shoulder any responsibility within Nigeria political terrain.'
In a reaction, the National Secretary of ANPP, Senator Sa'idu Kumo, on Wednesday in Abuja, told the News Agency of Nigeria that PDP comment about disintegration in the party was a 'wishful thinking.'
He further stated that the ruling party should not take any victory in the 'family disagreement' within ANPP, saying it would be resolved amicably.
The 'PDP has no moral right to call on Nigerians to disregard opposition parties based on internal conflicts they are experiencing.
'This only shows the fear of PDP leadership that the party will cease to be in power as from 2011. And to be frank and sincere, ANPP is a major threat to put an end to PDP misrule in this country,' he said.
Kumo called on PDP to concentrate on resolving 'the numerous problems' created in the nation rather than adding more to it.
However, he stated that there was no faction in the ANPP, saying the conflict rocking the party was a 'problem of a large family,' which was borne out of misunderstanding and misleading of some party members.
'A fresh NEC meeting will hold on Thursday and this issue will be discussed.
'The aggrieved members too will be around and all these conflicts will be resolved to foster the way forward for the party,' he said.
He noted that the ANPP always passed through such turbulence once the election year was drawing close.
But the National Secretary said that ANPP remained formidable to resist any attempt to disintegrate the party.
Kumo called on the aggrieved members to wait till September 6 when the expiration of the current executive in power would end instead of 'rocking the boat'' unnecessarily.
According to him, it is too late to pass a vote of no confidence on the NWC when it remained less than a week to finish its term.
He further stated that the convention of the party would hold 'unfailingly between September 17 and September 18.'