The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in Edo State has mocked leaders of the All Progressives Congress, APC in the state over what it claimed as the rejection of Edo APC leaders in the constitution of the party’s Contact/Strategy Committee.
The 61 man list, the PDP noted, did not include a single person from the Edo State chapter of the party.
GreenWhiteGreen GWG had reported Akiwunmi Ambode the immediate past governor of Lagos State among others in the committee that is headed by Governor Abubakar Badaru of Jigawa State.
The exclusion of Edo State, GreenWhiteGreen GWG observes, was against the trend a year ago when party chieftains from the state had the dominance in party duties during the stewardship of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole as national chairman.
The PDP in a statement on Tuesday was in between condemning the national party for excluding Edo APC members and in chiding the APC chieftains in the state for making themselves supposedly irrelevant.
In the statement issued by Edo PDP spokesman, Chris Nehikhare and made available to GreenWhiteGreen GWG, the PDP said:
“On Monday 22 March 2021, the All Progressives Congress, APC announced a very long and exhaustive list of members into what they described as ‘Contact/Strategy Committee’.
“My concern is Edo! You will notice that in that very long list, not one person that claims to be APC in Edo was considered worthy to serve on that Committee,” Edo PDP mocked.
“Edo APC doesn’t exist in the eyes of the National Secretariat of the APC. Is it that its membership and brand here in Edo have been so decimated that they are now political orphans?
“Their leaders as far as Abuja is concerned are political hustlers and boasters. It is alleged that the National Secretariat of the APC reached this decision when they were presented with the report of their recently -concluded registration and validation exercise. It was an abysmal and catastrophic failure!
“As I said above, my concern is Edo! Edo people can not be treated like this. We will not accept it. But, it is my love for Edo people that makes me recognize that the APC has abandoned you! You have to wake up and smell the coffee.
“Nationally, your party has lost touch with too many voters. Locally, that has affected you.
“The truth is that Nigerians don’t believe that the APC wants to help ordinary people get on in life. Nigerians don’t believe the APC share in their values. And Nigerians don’t believe that the APC is on the side of people like them.
“As APC has abandoned you, it’s the right time to tell them the truth! Tell them our country is going through one of the most extraordinary and difficult periods for generations,” the PDP mocked further.
“Tell them that Nigerians have been sending your leadership a message. But they have not been listening. Tell them your political zone is short-changed and cheated.”
The PDP thus charged the APC chieftains and members in Edo State to see reason and join with others in the state and the South-South zone to make the state and country a better place.