While addressing newsmen in Abuja on Friday, Secondus had criticized President Muhammadu Buhari over his administration’s approach in handling security issues in the country.
Secondus also condemned the killing of a Nigerian and a Briton by gunmen in Kaduna State. He had also decried the rate of insecurity in the land, saying Nigerians had never lived in such great fear and trembling for their lives.
However, responding on Channels TV’s Politics Today on Friday night, Lanre Issa-Onilu, APC National Publicity Secretary, described the remarks by Secondus as a desperate attempt by the main opposition party to seek relevance following its defeat at the poll. He said;
“It is just an attempt by the PDP to find a way back to the front page of newspapers and to be relevant in the news.’
“It would have been unnecessary for any response at all to come from us as the ruling party but I suspect that the National Chairman of the PDP may have stumbled on one of the statements they wrote pre-election, because it sounded more like some of those campaign materials that were not used or that have been used repeatedly, for which the voters passed a verdict in the last election.”
But Issa-Onilu insisted that the ruling party would not join issues with the opposition, noting that there was nothing relevant to argue about.
“Nigerians are aware of who caused the problems and who is trying to find a solution to them,” he said.
“At this stage, what we are focused on is how to ensure that all these problems that were created for over 16 years of PDP maladministration, that they no longer exist and we have made tremendous progress.
“In this country, we all know what this country was before the APC came; we all know the tremendous steps we have taken and the progress we have made so far. We are focused on that and we are focused on governance; we are focused on policy and implementation of our policies.”