At what point would the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) be willing to accept responsibility? The party has ruled for almost four years and yet it still blames the “16 year rule” of the PDP for any woe imaginable, including the state of insecurity in the country that resulted in the deaths last week of a Nigerian and British national in Kajuru, Kaduna state.
In response to the PDP national chairman, Uche Secondus, who said at a press conference in Abuja that Nigerians have never lived in such great fear and trembling for their lives, the APC had this to say:
- “At this stage, what we are focused on is how to ensure that all these problems that were created for over 16 years of PDP maladministration; that they no longer exist and we have made tremendous progress,” said the APC National Publicity Secretary, Lanre Issa-Onilu.
- He said the criticism by the PDP “is just an attempt by the PDP to find a way back to the front page of newspapers and to be relevant in the news.”
- The APC, he said, will not join issues with the PDP, as there was nothing relevant to argue about.
- “We are focused on that and we are focused on governance; we are focused on policy and implementation of our policies,” Issa-Onilu added.
Bottom Line: A lot of things are wrong with the APC response. The most obvious, of course, is the repeated blaming of the PDP for a problem the party was elected to solve four years ago. Is the APC saying until it has served for 16 years, it would be unable to solve fundamental issues?
Also, the APC’s statement that “there was nothing to argue about” diminishes the severity of the deaths experienced everyday across the country. There is definitely a lot to argue about besides the politics the ruling party is so bent on playing.