The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday, berated leaders of the All Progressive Congress, APC, for planning to boycott the proposed National Conference by President Goodluck Jonathan, saying the opposition party had nothing to offer to the progress of the nation.
The APC had at the end of a meeting of its interim national executive and governors in Abuja on Tuesday, said it would not be a party to the planned National Conference as it was not only a diversion, but because President Jonathan lacked the credibility to organize what it termed a “real meaningful National Conference” and called on APC controlled states to boycott it.
The APC interim National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed had told journalists that “what they have today is a constitutional amendment not a national conference and we will not be a party to it. We believe it is diversionary and not sincere”.
But the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, while speaking with newsmen in Abuja on Friday, noted that the proposed conference was not for political parties, but for Nigerians, arguing that if a particular party does not have anything to offer, there was nothing the ruling party could do.
“What else can they say? There is nothing they can say except to promote discord, disunity and cause confusion in the country”, Metuh said, adding “Market women, National Assembly members have welcomed the conference. Nigerians have welcomed the conference. Traditional and religious leaders and the civil society, have embraced the dialogue. If they are boycotting, it is because they have nothing to contribute to the progress of the nation.
“If they do not want to participate, Nigerians should note that they have absolutely nothing to offer this country. The reason for national conference is for Nigerians to come up with ideas on how the nation can move forward”.