The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) said the statement credited to PDP Chairman, Bamanga Tukur, that the PDP was not a security agency and should not be blamed for the insecurity in the country, was the clearest indication of his party’s cluelessness over the worsening state of insecurity and other ills bedevilling the country.
In a statement issued in Lagos yesterday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party, however, expressed its happiness that the chairman of the biggest non-performing party in Africa has finally come to terms with what the ACN and others have been saying for a long time, that the PDP lacked the wherewithal to preside over a country that was hungry for security and development like Nigeria. “What the PDP Chairman is saying, in essence, is that his party is no longer fit to rule and that Nigerians should look elsewhere if indeed they want a government that will ensure the security of their lives and property,’’ it said.
“Thank you, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, for speaking from the heart and admitting that your party, the PDP, has finally reached the end of its tether.’’ ACN said it was inconceivable that a man of Alhaji Tukur’s standing, experience in public life and international exposure would not know the powers and responsibility of a ruling party. “The PDP hired the President Goodluck Jonathan-led Federal Government that controls the security agencies in the country, and the party’s Chairman is not unaware of this fact. If therefore he says the party should not be blamed for the insecurity stalking the land, he definitely knows what he is saying, which is that the ‘PDP is clueless’,’’ it said.
The party said Nigerians should take their destiny in their own hands by using every democratic means to get the PDP out of their lives, since the ruling party had wasted all of 13 years and billions of naira in the resources of the commonwealth since the country’s return to democratic rule in 1999. “The insecurity that has now reached a level at which daring gunmen will attack the police and the military, the very institutions the country relies upon to ensure its internal and external security, is a reflection of the deep rot in other spheres of life in Nigeria.
“To be fair, the rot did not start in 1999. But 13 years is a long enough time for a party that is worth its name to make an appreciable effort to turn things around. Sadly, the situation is worse today than it was 13 years ago. If the PDP says it should not be blamed for the country’s woes, it means it is finally ready to get the heck out of the scene to allow capable hands to take charge,’’ ACN said.