Wednesday, February 12, 2014

OPINION: Did PDP Bribe Legislators?

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has denied offering bribes of $1m, $2m and $10m to different categories of federal legislators to induce their decampment to the ruling party, as alleged on Tuesday by the All Progressives Congress (APC).
According to National Publicity Secretary of the party, Chief Olisa Metuh, the allegation is merely an attempt by the opposition to smear the integrity of the concerned lawmakers.
Metuh expressed the worry of “all well-meaning Nigerians” by the statements and actions of the APC, dismissing them as clearly aimed at destroying the country’s democracy and plunging it into chaos.
“There is no doubt that the PDP, under its new national chairman, Adamu Mu’azu, is reaching out to all its members including those that defected in a reconciliation drive that is already yielding dividends”, Metuh said.
“At a point, in the mind of some sections of the public, the PDP got to its lowest level, but we remained focused. Despite the defections of lawmakers from our fold, the PDP never assaulted their integrity”.
He hinted at more defections to the PDP as proof of its consistent claim that despite all the recent challenges, the ruling party would emerge even stronger than what is currently being witnessed.
“PDP is the only political party with a consistent structure, vision and achievements in the transformation of Nigeria since 1998”, Metuh boasted, branding APC as “a cacophonous amalgam of tribal and religious irredentists with no known vision or achievements in its earlier metamorphosis”.
After five APC members of the Federal House of Representatives — Ladan Bichi (Kano), Abdulsalam Adamu (Kano), Sani Galadinma (Zamfara), Ibrahim Gusau (Zamfara) and Umar Bature (Sokoto) — defected to PDP on Tuesday, consequently handing the reins of the lower chambers to the ruling party, APC responded by accusing PDP of desperately rolled out a mouth-watering enticement package of $2m to each senator who returns to the PDP, $1m to each member of the House of Representatives, and $10m to each leader who dumps APC for PDP.
However, it assured that no amount of inducements would stop the change that is in the horizon, as the long-suffering people of Nigeria are ready and eager to vote out the PDP next year.
“Nigerians can now see why their country has gone broke, why the allocation to states from the Federation Account has continued to dwindle, and why infrastructures have either remained decrepit or non-existent”, Interim National Publicity Secretary of APC, Alhaji Lai Mohammed had said, warning that “things are bound to get worse in the days ahead because the desperate PDP will, more and more, use public funds to try to change the course of history”.
Source: Sahara Reporters