They say there’s no bad publicity. Any publicity is good publicity. PDP officials have been inadvertently giving APC a lot of publicity in the last few days.
Firstly, it was the issue of Buhari’s certificate; then Reno Omokiri Special Assistant To President Jonathan, posted on his Twitter account, to his sixty-thousand plus followers, a five-minute video clip of Buhari’s campaign; now they have waded into the issue of Gov. Fashola saying that Agbaje is too old to become Lagos State governor.
The other day, Minister of State for Works, Prince Adedayo Adeleye, was talking about how Yoruba people shouldn’t vote for Buhari. I’m sorry, honourable minister, but that is not a policy statement.
When the president launched his campaign in Lagos a few days back, the most memorable thing he said was that MEND were responsible for an assassination attack against him. He didn’t make any policy announcements.
Meanwhile, General Buhari has been going about making policy announcements throughout his campaign tour. He has recently focused on youths, women and an end to insurgency.
APC has been capitalising on PDP’s lack of vision, which is being glaringly exposed by their failure to make any policy announcements since the campaign began.
The truth of the matter is that in this particular case it is very easy for APC to make promises and policy statements about what they would do when they are in office because they have never been in office before. They have the licence to say anything since there’s no reference point. In older democracies like the US and the UK, parties in opposition can always be reminded of the promises they didn’t fulfil the last time they were in government. Luckily, APC doesn’t have that obstacle to overcome.
On the other hand, the ruling party in any election have to be careful about what they promise because if it was the same promises made during the last elections they had better been fulfilled.
PDP should spend the remaining days before the elections to talk about whatever achievements they have made since being elected to power in 1999.
One achievement comes to mind, the Super Eagles won a match at the World Cup and qualified for the second round of the competition for the first time since 1998, a year before PDP came into power – that’s definitely an achievement or is it not?