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Two Observations As PDP Condemns APC Over Violent State Congresses

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has been chastised by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the divisions that have characterized its state congresses. 

On Saturday, October 16, 2021, several APC state chapters staged parallel congresses and elected two sets of executives.

The opposition party reacted to the development by saying that the "crisis-ridden" congresses "explain why Nigeria is in turmoil."

The PDP's national press secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, branded the APC congresses as a "harvest of chaos" in a press statement released on Sunday, October 17, 2021. 

Parts of the statement read: "The APC's turbulent congresses have demonstrated how the party's leaders' avarice and hunger for power have wreaked havoc on all aspects of our national life."

"It is truly despicable that a party led by the current President of the country could not successfully conduct a state congress, as their leaders were seen behaving recklessly and investing heavily in violence."

"A development that speaks volumes about why our nation has been subjected to the heavy yoke of violence, division, bloodletting, and acts of terrorism under the APC's watch."

"The results of APC congresses in several states have revealed that the party lacks leadership direction and internal cohesion; it is a party of rebellious people opposed to peace, which explains why our country is in crisis under the APC."

"The APC cannot guarantee or provide our country with unity, tranquillity, or progress. Instead, it has exacerbated the country's tense situation. It has continued to portray itself as a party beset by internal strife and poised to implode at any moment. "

"The APC should be avoided by Nigerians. If the APC congresses were as awful, one can only image the chaos that would ensue during the party's primaries and participation in the general election."

Based on my observations, the PDP shouldn't have criticized the APC congresses because of the following reasons. 

1. The opposition party lacks the integrity to condemn the ruling party over the crisis-ridden congress because similar events happened during the PDP congress on Saturday. 

Violence was also recorded during the PDP congress in Oyo State, where hoodlums destroyed 100 vehicles. 

The PDP congress in Lagos State was also suspended due to violence and irregularities. 

2. It is bad for the opposition party to link the APC crisis with the insecurity in the country. 

In a political party, crises are unavoidable. Politics is all about conflict and conflict resolution.


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