The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the All Progressive Congress (APC) of double standard and insincerity as the party that once chastised immediate past President Goodluck Jonathan for seeking regional cooperation to finding solutions to the challenge of insurgency is now hailing President Muhammadu Buhari for toeing the same line.
PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, said in a statement on Sunday that in the days ahead, Nigerians should expect further unmasking of APC’s double standard and blackmail upon which they rode to power.
The party also condemned the venom with which the APC attacked well-meaning Nigerians for daring to offer constructive criticisms to President Buhari following the apparent loss of tempo in the fight against insurgency since he took office, describing it as unacceptable in a democracy especially in a country like Nigeria where the citizens have been enjoying freedom of expression in the last 16 years under the PDP.
“The APC must understand that the hallmark of democracy is freedom of expression and opinion, particularly on governance issues; inalienable rights of all citizens guaranteed by the constitution and which must not be denied them under any guise whatsoever.
“Though we had decided to give President Muhammadu Buhari and the ruling party sometime to settle down, indicators show that the APC is not getting its bearing right and the PDP as a party that has nurtured and sustained democracy in the last 16 years, we cannot fold our hands and watch our nation drift towards dangerous undemocratic paths”, the party said.