CNPP, PDP Trades Words Over Manifesto

Mr. Osita Okechukwu, Publicity Secretary, CNPP
Mr. Osita Okechukwu, Publicity Secretary, CNPP

By Akin Akande, Abuja

The Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP), has said that the manifesto war between the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) is healthy in liberal democracy, as it presents the electorate with alternative view points to choose from.
Chapter one of APC manifesto stated that “APC in Government shall muster the political will to wage strident war against corruption; otherwise our post-oil-economy will be disastrous. It is our considered view that none of our cardinal programmes will succeed if the current level of corruption and looting going on in the land is allowed to continue.”
Reacting to the APC manifesto, PDP had said that the ruling party had not only laid the foundation of a solid institutional framework for war against corruption but has over the years demonstrated its zero tolerance for the plague.
While hailing the APC manifesto, PDP however described it as a very poor imitation and bland parody of its own manifesto.
In a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Osita Okechukwu, CNPP said that it wholeheartedly welcomes the return of Manifesto War in the national political discourse.
“For in the last 13 years, Nigerians were bombarded with the divisive factor of tribe or religion and issues were not canvassed.
Thus the 2011 presidential election was dominated by hot contest of zoning or no zoning, not what candidates can offer. Hence the misgovernance of the 4th Republic could be easily traced to the inchoate policy of food is ready and share the money; which fuels insecurity and divides the country.

“All we can say is let the music of Manifesto War play-on, play-on and play-on – for it clearly separates the wheat from the chaff and in no small measure will assist our people to make their choice as we approach the 2015 general elections.
“On this score we salute the All Progressives Congress {APC} not only for presenting a manifesto that attracted the intense and rabid attention of the Peoples Democratic Party {PDP}; but for making the War Against Corruption No 1 of its agenda.
“In sum, we expect the Manifesto War to enrich and deepen our democracy; for PDP now has a challenger –APC -with equal national spread, impregnable structures in every polling booth, wards, local governments, states and members in all the faith and tribes,” CNPP said.