By Ezeocha Nzeh
The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has rejected its classification with opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), by former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega as failed political parties that have plunged Nigerians into further suffering and hardship
Processor Jega had in a television interview on Monday classified the ruling APC and opposition PDP as Siemens twins that failed in the expectations of Nigerian’s in the delivery of dividends of democracy
Jega, who superintended the INEC commission that conducted the 2015 elections where incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari of the APC was declared elected, called on Nigerians to vote out both the APC and opposition PDP, come 2023, insisting that they have both failed the nation and have nothing else to offer
But the APC, while reacting to the former INEC boss outburst, described his assertion as “an uncontrolled, wrong and untenable political outburst by a former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC),”
APC in a statement issued by its Caretaker and Extra Ordinary Convention Planning Committee secretary, Senator John AkanUdoedehe, rejected the fact that Professor Jega lumped the All Progressives Congress (APC), together with People’s Democratic Party (PDP)., which it described as a failed political party
The APC noted that “While the PDP failed to meet the expectations of Nigerians as a government and opposition party, the APC is thriving, healthy and assiduously cleaning the massive mess left behind by the PDP which failed to deliver democratic dividends to the people of Nigeria after being in charge of the country for 16 years.”
APC argued further that while Professor Jega is right about the PDP, a party under which he served as the Chairman of the nation’s election management body, we reject his comparison of the APC with the PDP.
“Professor Jega got his facts wrong and mixed up in his baseless comparison of the PDP with the APC.
“While we do not intend to join issues with Professor Jega, we encourage him to engage in genuine scholarly research and come up with evidence-based conclusions on the progessive orientation of the APC.
“It is however instructive to note that having recently abandoned his academic pursuit and blindly plunged into the arena of PDP’s brand of politics, the erstwhile electoral umpire as a politician can make such political statements occasionally while trying to launch his political career in a mushroom political party.”
Akpanudoedege emhasized that the APC is a strong, united, popular and focused political unit, even it admonished Professor Jega to note the political lesson that maligning the APC would not provide him a springboard to achieve his desires.