The All Progressives Congress, APC, has strongly denied allegations by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, that it was planning to balkanize the country along religious lines, saying it was the latest ploy by the ruling party and the presidency to portray APC in negative light and cause problem in the polity.
Interim National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who made this known yesterday said the popularity of the opposition party was giving the ruling party and the Presidency sleepless nights, hence the resort to what he described as “amateurish propaganda” against the party.
However, Mohammed explained that out of 35 officers in the Interim National Executive Committee of the party, 18 are Muslims while the remaining 17 are Christians.
Mohammed said, “But let me tell you that the allegation is not true. We have made it clear that we have 18 Muslims and 17 Christians, making it 35 in the interim executive of our party.
“Before the merger of the three political parties, they said we were regional parties, but now that five governors from the PDP are with us, they say we are a religious party.
“Nigerians are smarter than that and they are not worried by religion but unemployment, corruption, missing billions of dollars from Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation and the money used to buy bullet proof cars by the Minister of Aviation”, he said.