The ruling, All Progressives Congress (APC), Sunday, scolded the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in its election of Prince Uche Secondus as the National Chairman, describing the process that led to his election as highly monetised.
The party said the process was flawed, saying “money-for-votes and systematic rigging was brazenly perpetuated” during the convention.
The APC likened the PDP to a leopard that cannot change its spot and that the party has changed from a national to a regional party by excluding South West states from the election.
The ruling party noted that corruption is deeply rooted in PDP’s DNA.
The statement signed by the APC National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, reads: “In reacting to revelations of how money-for-votes and systematic rigging was brazenly perpetuated during the National Convention of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the All Progressives Congress (APC) is mindful of the popular axiom: ‘A leopard cannot change its spot’.
“The abnormalities that trailed the PDP National Convention have further exposed the PDP as a Party not ready and willing to change. Indeed, the PDP has once again displayed itself to the generality of Nigerians that it is a Party with corruption deeply rooted in its DNA.
“Again, it is tragic that the PDP which used to pride itself as ‘the biggest political Party in Africa’ has now been reduced to a regional party. By frustrating South West Chairmanship candidates, it is unfortunate that the PDP has decided to punish the South West for not voting for the Party in 2015.
“We urge members of the PDP that can pass the integrity test to join the APC so that we can together bring about the much-needed Change the country deserves”, the party added.