The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has counseled the All Progressives Congress (APC) not to play politics with the COVID-19, but instead to join other well-meaning Nigerians in seeking solution to the scourge.
The party in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, said it was on record that the APC, even as a party in government, had failed to adduce any meaningful suggestion on ways to address the raging pandemic, but had rather enmeshed in internal squabbles while the country was at risk.
The party said Nigerians would recall that the PDP had on several occasions advised the Federal Government on effective pre-emptive measures as well as the need for need for concerted efforts and safeguards in the fight against COVID-19.
The PDP had been on the forefront in canvassing for stringent steps at our international ports and borderlines, consequent upon which President Muhammadu Buhari approved a belated international travel ban from 13 countries.
“It is also instructive to note that only yesterday, the Presidential candidate of the PDP in the 2019 general election, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, advised the APC-led President Buhari’s administration to reduce the pump price of fuel and suspend stamp duties on all accounts as palliative measures against COVID-19, which Mr. President also implemented today.
“We place on record that the PDP had repeatedly urged President Buhari to lead from the front, like other world leaders, in this fight against Covid-19 by addressing Nigerians; a responsibility he is yet to perform,” Ologbondiyan said.
He said that while PDP and patriotic Nigerians were busy seeking for solutions, the APC and the Buhari Presidency remained distant and failed to demonstrate capacity in ensuring the safety and wellbeing of our nation.
“The APC is only sulking over the success being recorded by our party in the South West, for which it has resorted to making vague allegations and playing politics with a global pandemic at a time when responsible Nigerians are searching for solution,” he said.
Ologbondiyan said the PDP would however not be distracted in its commitment to the wellbeing and safety of Nigerians.
As such, the party said it would not dissipate energy on the APC and its government that had no regard for Nigerians.