The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Sunday said Nigeria’s ruling party, APC, has become jittery over the coalition talks between the opposition party and 37 others.
Earlier this month, 38 political parties and a faction of the APC, tagged R-APC, announced the formation of the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP).
The main aim of the coalition is to defeat the APC and President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019.
The PDP in its statement on Sunday by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, also criticised the APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, for his efforts to persuade R-APC members from leaving the party.
“What Oshiomhole and President Buhari, in their fantasy trip, fail to understand is that those they seek to draw into the cave are already aware of the story of the sick lion and that all animals that went visiting never returned. They know that the tiger do not offer his back for a ride without a price.
“Very soon Oshiomhole and President Buhari would find themselves alone in the cursed ‘Black Pearl’ that the APC has irredeemably become.
“While we understand Oshiomhole’s frustration over his inability to stop the coalition, the fact remains that he and President Buhari are fighting a lost battle in trying to destroy it. No amount of intimidation, threats, violence or even enticement of any kind can change this iron-cast resolve.”
In its reaction, the APC said the PDP is only looking for life after death as it struggles to hide its bad image under the new coalition.
“After three years in the wilderness, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is understandably excited with possibility of hiding its irredeemably bad image under the heap of a new coalition.
“If PDP is not alleging wild conspiracies, they are threatening to boycott elections or announcing fake defections. What is clear with all these is that no matter how long a leopard lives, it cannot change its spots.
The party explained that what President Buhari and Mr Oshiomhole are doing is to persuade aggrieved members not to leave the party.
“Party politics is a game of number. And that game is addition. If the PDP had the same presence of mind in 2015, perhaps the calamity that befell them would have been averted.”
The APC therefore challenged the PDP to face Nigerians on their own merit in 2019 and stop shopping around for supporters.