The All Progressives Congress (APC) has reacted to criticism by the immediate past Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega.
Jega had in an interview with BBC Hausa on Monday, called on Nigerians to not to vote either APC or PDP in 2023 as both are same and have failed woefully in changing the economic fortune of Nigeria in the last 20 years.
Jega said: “The bad things these parties have committed in those past years, Nigerians should never give their trust to the parties again. It is now very clear that these parties would never change, even if they are given another chance.
“The APC and PDP have formed governments; we were all witnesses. They did not come with a good intention to make amends. If you look at the fight against corruption, all these corrupt people that were supposed to be prosecuted, they sneaked into the APC,” he said.
He canvassed support for the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) which he is a card-carrying member of.
Reacting to the interview granted by Jega, the APC through its interim National Secretary, John Akpanudodehe said it is degrading to compare its six years rule to the ‘mess’ the PDP left behind with its 16 years rule.
Akpanudodehe said: “While the PDP failed to meet the expectations of Nigerians as a government and opposition party, the APC is thriving, healthy and assiduously cleaning the massive mess left behind by the PDP which failed to deliver democratic dividends to the people of Nigeria after being in charge of the country for 16 years.
“While Professor Jega is right about the PDP, a party under which he served as the Chairman of the nation’s election management body, we reject his comparison of the APC with the PDP.
“Professor Jega got his facts wrong and mixed up in his baseless comparison of the PDP with the APC.”