The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has expressed shock over the announcement by the All Progressives Congress (APC) that it had engaged the services of a foreign firm, AKPD Message and Media, to boost its chances in the 2015 elections.
It said the action of APC portrayed the opposition as party that had inner contempt for Nigerian professionals, and called on Nigerians to resist any attempt by the opposition party to throw the nation back to imperialism, 54 years after independence.
PDP, in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, said the hiring of foreign campaign consultant was not only a clear justification of its stand that the APC is anti-Nigeria, but another insult on the hard working citizens of our dear country.
The statement said: “In engaging the services of a foreign firm, the APC has shown that it does not have faith in our people, our indigenous consultancy firms and
the teeming well qualified, world acclaimed Nigerian professionals and technocrats.
“Just as the leopard cannot change its spots, the APC is unable to hide its true colour as an anti-people organisation, tied to the apron string of foreign interests in utter disdain for fellow Nigerians and the age long clamour for local content.
“That APC has an inner contempt for Nigerians is no longer hidden. Its
latest action is not only an affront to nationalism but a weird embrace of neo-colonialism at a time national pride and assertiveness have assumed a rule of engagement in global politics. We are afraid that neo-colonialism is the guiding ethos of the APC’s quest to rule Nigeria.
Continuing, it said: “It is now apparent that the leadership of this opposition party may have perfected plans to use same foreign interests to siphon national resources and reverse the pro-national socio-economic foundation laid by the founding fathers of Nigeria.
“This ulterior motive of the APC explains the reason it has mindlessly been opposing and attacking all the people oriented projects and policies of the PDP-led federal government which have enthroned an unprecedented empowerment of indigenous firms, an economic agenda strongly embedded in the manifesto of our great party, seeking the transfer wealth from public institutions to the private sector.”