The Action Congress (AC) has said PDP Chairman Ahmadu Ali goofed by pleading with Nigerians to forgive former President Olusegun Obasanjo, saying the chairman should rather be seeking forgiveness for himself since he was as guilty as Obasanjo for denying Nigerians the dividends of democracy.
“To quote the Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka, Ali is one of the triumvirates who masterminded the recent electoral rape of the Nigerian nation”, the party said in a statement issued in Abuja yesterday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.
It said Ali also colluded with Obasanjo to ensure the death of internal democracy within the PDP, especially with the so-called revalidation exercise which was a façade to purge the party of all democrats, to pave way for the ill-fated third term bid by his co-garrison traveller, Obasanjo, and the subsequent organisation of the worst election in the history of the country.
“It is a misnomer for Ali who, in saner climes, should be so weighed down by public opprobrium that he will be hiding his face in shame, to now become sanctimonious to such an extent as to plead for a man who missed a rare chance to write his name in gold.
“It is even more annoying that Ali could at the same time be hailing Obasanjo as the Saviour of Nigeria, when the immediately-visible legacy of the former President is that of mass unemployment, a decrepit health sector, bad roads, worsening power situation and insecurity.
“If Obasanjo wins the medal for frittering away the opportunity to lift the country out of the doldrums, moreso during an unprecedented inflow of oil resources, Ali will be the runner-up for presiding over the demise of the PDP and threatening the country’s democracy with his mediocre performance and primitive disposition,” AC said.
The party said if the Obasanjo years were indeed those of providence as Ali claimed, there would be no need for a “confused party chairman” to be pleading with Nigerians to forgive the same man.
It said Ali had probably been emboldened to further insult the sensibilities of Nigerians by mistaking his inappropriate ambassadorial appointment as a sign of a successful tenure as PDP Chairman.
“Ali’s legacy as PDP chairman is clear to all: he helped bring the country’s ruling party to its knees through undemocratic acts; helped to introduce garrison politics to Nigeria through his uncouth pronouncements, rash actions and association with thugs masquerading as party stalwarts and played a major role in ruining a historic election.
“Such a man should, as a sign of penitence, undergo a long period of self cleansing, not by jumping at an ambassadorial offer but by staying away from the public glare.
“As for whether or not Nigerians should forgive Obasanjo, it is not for Ali but for the long-suffering people of Nigeria to determine, perhaps after the man himself (Obasanjo) must have been honest enough to admit that he failed the people and his nation,” AC added.