The prosecution of a former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd) and insinuations that he may have ambitions for the presidency come 2019 has set off another round of verbal exchange between the two leading political parties in the country, the APC and PDP.
The opposition PDP stated that the trial of Dasuki was a sign that President Muhammadu Buhari and his party, the APC are scared Dasuki may be nursing a presidential ambition, and that they felt threatened by his wide political and security network which he may use should he decide to contest for the presidency in 2019 on the PDP platform.
However, the APC leadership replied, saying it was not losing sleep about who the PDP plans to pick from the North as its presidential flag bearer in the 2019 elections.
The PDP said it was unfortunate that Buhari’s anti-corruption crusade has now become a war between the APC and the PDP.
The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, in a statement, said it was appalling that the APC and its leaders, “who gleefully and unjustifiably poured invectives on former President Goodluck Jonathan, in the guise of playing the role of an opposition party, would now not want to condone criticisms”.
Buhari, according to the opposition party, appeared to have already pronounced Dasuki and Nnamdi Kanu of Radio Biafra guilty in his last week media chat even before court pronouncements.
It sympathised with the President and the APC over “their inability to accept, with equanimity, constructive criticisms of their administration”.
Replying to the PDP allegations, the party’s National Chairman, Chief John Oyegun, in a statement, through the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Edegbe Odemwingie, in Abuja, said his party “will not join issues with the childish and laughable conspiracy theories being bandied by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in relation to the 2019 presidential election.”
It went on to say that, “Whoever the PDP picks as its candidate for the 2019 presidential election is not the business of the APC. Relevant laws in the country clearly spells out requirements for persons seeking election into all political office.”
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