The Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) has weighed in on the on-going war of words between Reno Omokri, the former Special Assistant on new media to Former President Goodluck Jonathan, and some chieftains of the All Progressives Congress (APC) over the performance of immediate past government of the federation.
Jonathan had during the non-elective National Convention of the PDP held in Abuja last Saturday recounted the Party’s achievement while he was in office.
Although his (Jonathan’s) speech drew the ire of the ruling APC and the Presidency, triggering a spate of backlash from both quarters, Omokri and former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, have stood in his defense.
In a solidarity, the PDP in a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Dayo Adeyeye, described the APC chieftains who lampooned Jonathan’s speech at the Party’s convention as liars and ignoramuses who have debased the art of governance and public commentary to comedy.
The statement reads in part: “we have read comments made by the National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives’ Congress (APC), Alhaji Bolaji Ojo-Abdullahi, Mallam Garba Shehu, Special Assistant to the President on Media, and other senior members of the Ruling Party such as former Governor, Segun Oni and Dr. Osita Okechukwu, the Director General of the Voice of Nigeria where they attempted to rubbish the comments made by former President Goodluck Jonathan that his Administration performed well during his term in office.
“It is our firm belief that these statements were borne out of ignorance, lacking in depth and are devoid of the Sort of critical thinking that one would expect from highly placed government officials.
“However, these officials seem bent on continuing what has become an official position of the Ruling Party to reduce commentary on public issues, and indeed the art of governance to comedy.
“It is shameful and embarrassing that having been in power for two and a half years, the Ruling Party is unable to point to cogent, convincing and data driven achievements.
“Instead, it has spent the bulk of its time designing and implementing a communication strategy around massive propaganda, half-truths and outright falsehood in an attempt to continually deceive the Nigerian people.”