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‘The problem with the APC is that its authocratic imposition of candidates had robbed it of popular and acceptable candidates’
By Valentine Amanze
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has advised the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ebonyi State to stop divisive and inciting comments capable of overheating the polity as the campaigns for the 2023 general elections gathers momentum.
It also pointed out that promoting divisions or harping on clannish and artificial differences between administrative zones and peoples as was done recently by Gov David Umahi and other APC leaders during their campaign rallies at Izzi, Ikwo, Afikpo and Ohaukwu was the height of verbal incitement of one group against the other in the state.
In a statement issued by Abia Onyike, the director, Media and Publicity,
AnyiChuks Campaign Organization, the state PDP also condemned the recent attack on Dr Sam Ominyi Egwu, the former governor by APC members.
“Even the attack on the person and candidature of Sen. Dr Sam Ominyi Egwu, was uncalled for and provocative. Democracy does not limit any body from contesting elections and nobody has the legitimate authority to stop the electorate from voting for any candidate of their choice,” PDP stated.
It further advised the APC to stop dividing Ebonyi State along sub-ethnic and primordial sentiments, as such a practice could become the nurturing ground for communal disturbances.
“Dr. Sam Egwu is a popular candidate for re-election into the Senate. Using such childish antics to cast aspersions on his candidature is a sign of political rascality which shows that the APC is not prepared for the 2023 elections.
“The problem with the APC is that its authocratic imposition of candidates had robbed it of popular and acceptable candidates. It is this realization by some of the APC leaders that gave rise to these soap box rhetorics,” it said.
Besides, PDP said that as the ruling party in the state, one would have expected the APC to engage in issue-based campaigns.
PDP however advised the APC to advertise its development projects and create a favourable atmosphere for peaceful campaigns and electioneering to take place.
“Their [APC] attitude of desperation and name-calling has shown that they are empty and have nothing to justify their quest for re-election as a political party.