Nigeria’s main opposition, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Saturday condemned the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) for erecting what it (the APC) described as the ‘largest broom in the world’ at the Abuja city gate of the Federal Capital Territory, the city’s point of entry.
The opposition also criticised the Federal Capital Territory Development Authority (FCDA) for permitting the party to use the site for the erection of the statue, saying the action defeats the unity purpose of the FCT.
Nigerians in their numbers across many social media platforms, also condemned the erection of the APC logo describing the party’s action as irrational and unconscionable.
They queried how the location would look like if all other political parties choose to erect the statue of their party symbols at the same site.
They also said the action could cause crisis among Nigerians “because it presents the city as if it belongs to a single political party”.
Recall that TNG had earlier reported the erection of the broom. When TNG approached one of the volunteers erecting the broom, he said:
‘We are doing this in readiness for our victory next week Saturday. This is a huge sign of support to all our candidates nationwide and President Muhammadu Buhari in particular. We are ready to sweep away the remnants of the tattered umbrella come February 16 and March 2nd”, the enthusiastic party supporter who spoke on condition of anonymity said.
In his comment the spokesperson for the Atiku Campaign Organisation, Kassim Afegbua, said the action is a deliberate decision of the ruling party aimed at offending the sensibilities of Nigerians.
The statement reads: “This is the most unconscionable piece of idiocy by the APC-led Federal Government to betray the fundamental objective of citing the Federal Capital Territory in Abuja devoid of any shade of partisan colouration or affiliation.
“This must be a symbol of voodooism that is deliberately erected to offend the sensibilities of others and betray the very reason why the FCT logo is a symbol of unity. A party symbol, other than being a sign of voodooism, cannot be erected at such a location to deface the point of entry to a city that symbolises our unity.
“It is a huge joke taken too far, and the APC leadership should quickly direct the immediate removal of that poisoned chalice for the sake of our collective unity.
“That poisoned broom should be removed forthwith or we will direct FCT public gardens officials to remove it immediately.”
Meanwhile, there are other Nigerians who think otherwise, saying it is a campaign strategy meant to impress the symbol on the minds of Nigerian voters.
Responding to the criticisms, the National Publicity Secretary of APC, Lanre Issa-Onilu, said the opposition party’s reactions in the recent time have become very petty and unacceptable.
He accused the political party of losing touch with its campaign messages to Nigerians, saying rather than focusing on attacking the ruling party, “PDP should let the voters know what it would do differently if given the chance to govern the country again”.
Issa-Onilu said; “But has any other party gone there to erect their symbols and they are stopped? The same people who said APC was not ready to campaign and that we were relying on rigging methods are now still complaining that our campaign efforts are too much? I think we need to be more serious in this country.”