By Chinwendu Obienyi
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Campaign Council has described comments from Festus Keyamo, spokesperson for the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Council on its inaugural campaign in Uyo as the height of drug abuse.
Keyamo, in a statement on Monday, had described as disaster the PDP’s launching of its 2023 presidential campaign over the absence of the Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State and other governor’s at the event.
“When you have a flag-off campaign that is shunned by the national vice-chairmen of the South-South, South-West, and five sitting governors out of thirteen, that is a definitive and resounding red-flag that Nigerians should not vote the presidential candidate of the PDP in this coming election,” he said.
However, Charles Aniagwu, spokesperson for the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, in a television programme monitored by Daily Sun, yesterday, said Keyamo was delving into a matter that did not concern him while failing to address weightier socio-economic issues that his party has plunged the country and citizens into.
Aniagwu claimed the APC had mismanaged the Nigerian economy in the last seven years and left citizens impoverished and that Keyamo should address this rather than who did not attend PDP campaign in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.
“Let me start by telling you that the height of drug abuse is when you decide to take Panadol for another person’s headache. That is drug abuse because no matter how much of milligram of Panadol you are going to take, it won’t stop the headache that the person has. As a party we have made it very clear that we will resolve the issues and we won’t go down the same route the APC is taking particularly by my brother who is a SAN.”
He further described that the PDP as a moving train that would stop at different locations to pick up passengers.
Aniagwu knocked Keyamo for describing Nigerians as “expired persons” just to deride the PDP saying: “You are aspiring to lead the country, so does that mean you are aspiring to lead over expired Nigerians? No Nigerian is expired. We believe that every Nigerian is important, irrespective of the political party you belong to. There is absolutely no need to insult each other because there are far more bogging issues in the economy and Nigerians have gone through a whole lot of stress. So for every political leader that wants to start passing insults, it means that he is not aware of what Nigerians are going through. This is even down to the party mismanaging the economy for the last seven years; and so we will not join issues with my brother who is from Delta State.”