Petty parties: LP and PPA also won’t recognise Buhari as President

The level of pettiness associated with Nigerian politics is appalling. 

After the Peoples Democratic Party vowed not to hang the official portrait of President Buhari on its secretariat wall, two other political parties, Labour Party and Progressive Peoples Alliance, have joined the ranks.

LP and PPA have also refused to hang Buhari’s portrait in their respective secretariats, because the All Progressives Congress failed to accord the same respect to former President, Goodluck Jonathan.

Petty begets petty.

For the LP and PPA, it is payback time for the APC.

National Chairman of PPA, Peter Ameh, attempted to justify the rationale behind his party’s inaction.

“Your storyline should be whether the APC had the photograph of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan. They did not. And that is the story; the APC did not have Jonathan’s portrait in the party’s national secretariat.

“Everything is about precedent. Throughout Jonathan’s tenure, the APC didn’t have his photograph; so, may be other political parties are also learning from the precedent set by the APC. They are following in the footsteps of the party during the last administration.”

Similarly, the National Chairman of LP, Abdulkadir Abdulsalam, essentially said his party was giving the APC a lesson in petty revenge.

“We don’t have the photograph of President Buhari in our secretariat because the APC never had the photograph of ex-President Jonathan in their offices.

“We are supposed to get it but we don’t. The fact of the matter is that the Federal Ministry of Information should have called us, not only political parties, to say that the President’s photograph is available at the Federal Ministry of Information and that all organisations should apply for it.”

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