Posted by News Express | 25 August 2018 | 5,532 times
Senate Deputy Whip, Senator Francis Alimikhena, has berated the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and those criticising the moves and activities of the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, “for displaying the needed dexterity ahead of the 2019 general elections”.
The Senator maintained that APC is committed to putting the nation back on track to catch up with the rest of the world in science and technology, infrastructure, democracy and good governance as well as the social order which Oshiomhole is spearheading. He condemned those working against the good efforts of the Comrade by propagating lies and unfounded allegations to score cheap political point and create tension in the polity.
The Edo North Senator who was speaking at the Sallah holiday during a courtesy visit to his hometown by coalition of socio-political groups of Edo North and the Afemai Law Student Union in appreciation of his educational support to Edo North indigent students and infrastructural development of the area, said: “The massive criticism against Adams Oshiomhole is a display of fear and uncertainty by the opposition party. He urged the group to continue to pray for wisdom and grace for Oshiomhole and the APC leadership.”
The Senator said that the high and mighty of the PDP have been jittery since the emergence of Oshiomhole as the APC National Chairman, adding: “The gale of defection from the PDP to the APC is just the beginning; the gale has not ended yet. Many more are warming up to dump the PDP and the opposition party is aware that they will suffer serious depletion ahead of the 2019 general elections.”
According to Senator Alimikhena, “President Muhammadu Buhari has offered a clean break from the corruption that characterised the PDP government that laid siege on the leadership of the nation by enriching themselves against the overall benefit of Nigerians. The APC administration has come as a long-awaited saviour to deliver the nation from poor leadership. President Buhari has broken the grip and jinx of inequality that closed leadership opportunity against Nigeria Youths and Women in the previous years.”
“The Buhari administration has opened up the political space for Youth, Women, and the special people to freely participate in seeking an elective position against the PDP administration which deliberately ignores the ‘Never Too Young to Run’ and other bills against the disabled in the society. The truth cannot be covered by lies. President Buhari and Adams Oshiomhole are not the problems of the PDP, rather PDP has made it difficult for good governance to thrive due to their ruthless rules in the past years,” he noted.
“Every issue in the vicious vendetta against the Buhari administration was all carry over from the PDP administration that misruled Nigeria since the inception of democracy before president Buhari emerged to rescue the nation from the further slide. All mouthed malicious utterances against the President and APC National Chairman are propagated by those who ought to hide their faces in shame but rather are not hiding their faces but raising their voices in arrogance to demand for another opportunity and right to return the nation to the era of rampage and wasteful spending without respect for God, humanity and morality,” Senator Alimikhena further said.
Rather than place emphasis on religious sentiment in the course of their campaign, he urged the various groups to advocate the need for politicians to leave religion outside their campaign and concentrate on how they intend to improve on the welfare of Nigerians. “PDP must learn to campaign by their previous performance if any and not whip up sentiments and pity by promoting religious conflict through their unguarded utterances,” he said.
“Democracy is a collective action, energised by individual responsibility. The opposition party has a responsibility of ensuring peace and tranquility to enable development to thrive rather than plunging the nation into unnecessary crisis and political instability because of desperation to sacrifice the well being of the country on the altar of their personal ambition. The Peoples Democratic Party remains a minority party with doubtful credentials and must desist from threatening the nation’s unity in their efforts to score a cheap political point,” Alimikhena stated.
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