The Peoples Democratic Party on Saturday accused President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress of dividing Nigerians and their families .
The Publicity Secretary of the PDP , Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, said Buhari had exhibited his alleged divisive tendency in his appointments, adding that the President did not have the required strength to carry Nigerians along and offer quality leadership as well as good governance .
He spoke in Abuja while answering questions from journalists on the sidelines of a visit by Online Media Practitioners Association of Nigeria led by its President , Mr James Emeh .
According to the PDP spokesperson, the presidential candidate of the PDP , Atiku Abubakar, is a ‘ unifier’ and has been accepted across the country.
He said , “ Our party is a unifier and we have brought a candidate that is known and accepted across the federation as a unifier . Our neighbours , the APC, and its presidential candidate is known for divisive tendencies either in terms of appointment or choice of friends . But whichever way you access him, you will find out that he does not have the required strength across the country.”
Ologbondiyan also accused the APC of dividing the family of former President Olusegun Obasanjo .
He alleged that the APC had induced a family member of Obasanjo to speak against the former president because he was now supporting the PDP and Atiku.
He said , “ The most unfortunate thing that is manifesting in the 2019 campaign on the side of Mr President and his party is that they are now going into individual families and creating divisions . For instance, in 2014 and 2015 , former President Olusegun Obasanjo supported President Muhammadu Buhari and the APC; at no point in the history of 2014 and 2015 election did the APC go into his family to cause any division . Just because President Olusegun Obasanjo is not supporting the APC today , they are beginning to induce the member of his family to come out and speak against him.”
The PDP spokesperson also urged the APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, to clear his name of many corruption allegations levelled against him.
He also said Oshiomhole ’ s alleged accusation of the PDP as party with disharmony was uncalled for , adding that the PDP had been accepted by Nigerians.
Ologbondiyan said, “There are issues bordering on corruption concerning him ( Oshiomhole ) . There is a gentleman from his home state who is in court seeking an order of mandamus to compel the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to investigate the chairman of the APC on corruption issues. So , an upright man will work up to the EFCC and say ‘ investigate me.’ Until he does that , the PDP with our candidate that has been accepted in Nigeria is not prepared to engage in frivolous discussions of division or disharmony. Those are the attributes of the APC. Those are the things the APC and its candidate are known for , causing division in families; causing division across the nation; and creating disharmony among states.
“That is what the PDP is not known for . We are a party that unites this nation . We have a candidate that is accepted in the North-West, South- West; we have a candidate that is at home in the South- East and North-East . We have a candidate that Nigerians are rallying in the North-Central and South- South. We have a candidate who understands the nuances of Nigerians, and who is ready to spend his time to provide jobs for the youth and the generation that is coming after us. ”