The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Uche Secondus, on Friday in Abuja warned the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole, to stop insulting Nigerian leaders.
He also accused President Muhammadu Buhari of not talking to Nigerians but would rather respond to sensitive national issues when he on foreign trips.
Secondus spoke while presenting the party’s flag to the PDP governorship candidate in Lagos State, Mr Jimi Agbaje, who was represented by his deputy, Mrs. Haleemat Busari; the party’s governorship candidate in Ogun State, Oladipo Adebutu, and his Oyo State counterpart, Seyi Makinde.
He added that the emergence of the candidates followed due process.
Oshiomhole had criticised former President, Olusegun Obasanjo over his support for the presidential candidate of the opposition PDP, Atiku Abubakar, in the 2019 general elections.
He had said Obasanjo was inviting the wrath of God by supporting the PDP and its presidential candidate, Atiku.
He also recalled that Obasanjo once said that God would not forgive him if he supported Atiku.
But in his response, Secondus said, “The chairman of the APC should stop insulting the leaders of this country.”
Meanwhile, the PDP chairman also urged the President to order the Independent National Electoral Commission and security agencies to be neutral in all political issues.
Secondus said, “Buhari should order INEC and security agencies to be neutral. Nigerians are wise; this is a President who does not communicate with them. He only talks when he goes outside Nigeria. Nigerians are confused and cannot understand him and yet he said he’s coming back, to do what?
“You are not talking to Nigerians, you can’t persuade them, you can’t order the security agencies and you can’t order INEC. The President should be bold to talk to the INEC chairman and the security agencies.
“This is a government of cabals and Nigerians will reject them in 2019 because they don’t even know who is in charge, whether it’s their president or a cabal.”
He added, “Nigerians are dying in their numbers, yet the emperors of the APC will be talking about integrity and more people are hungry. Nigerians will pass their judgment in 2019; you can no longer deceive Nigerians. We challenge the President to campaign, not by proxy or cabal.”
Adebutu, however, described the PDP as a rebranded party that was destined by God to deliver the nation from its current challenges.