The Ondo State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) says it has uncovered plan by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to discredit some members of the APC up for ministerial nomination and board membership of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
According to the APC spokesman in Ondo State, Mr. Abayomi Adesanya, the PDP governors, who are behind the plot are targeting likely nominees from the Southwest with a view to getting them disqualified and causing confusion in the APC.
The PDP is alleged to have assigned one of its governors in the Southwest to ensure it achieves its aim, using some disgruntled APC members.
Adesanya alleged that the PDP intends to use some civil society groups to make allegations of corruption and write petitions.He therefore advised President Muhammadu Buhari to be wary of the PDP’s antics.
But the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Mr. Olisah Metuh dismissed the allegation as untrue.
“It is preposterous and inconceivable for anyone to make such an allegation against the PDP, its governors and its members in the Senate,” The Nation quoted him to have said over the phone.
“As a matter of fact, we are worried that President Buhari has not appointed his ministers and we are eagerly waiting for him to do so.
“We all know that the country cannot make any meaningful progress if we don’t have ministers and I can assure you that that is not what the PDP wants. The APC is only making excuses for their inability to get things right.
“How can we hatch a plot to frustrate ministerial nominees when we don’t know the identities and the type of characters they are presenting? So it is unthinkable for anyone to be trading such rumour. It is untenable.
“They must know that the success of this administration is not the success of President Buhari or the success of the APC. Rather, the success of the administration is the success of the entire country. So let them sit up and face the task of governance instead of pointing accusing fingers.
“This was the kind of thing the APC was doing when it was in the opposition. They were busy bringing down every government policy and appointee, including cabinet ministers.
“We have stated before and we continue to state that our role as the opposition party is to engage the administration in constructive criticism and to offer credible policy alternatives,” Metuh said.