The Spokesperson for the Atiku Campaign Organisation, Kassim Afegbua, has said that the action by the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, to erect the World’s Biggest Local Broom Sticks, at the entrance gate of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja, is a deliberate decision of the ruling party, aimed at offending the sensibilities of Nigerians.
The statement reads: “This is the most unconscionable piece of idiocy by the APC-led Federal Government, to betray the fundamental objective of citing the Federal Capital Territory, in Abuja, devoid of any shade of partisan colouration or affiliation.
“This must be a symbol of voodooism that is deliberately erected to offend the sensibilities of others, and betray the very reason why the FCT logo is a symbol of unity. A party symbol, other than being a sign of voodooism, cannot be erected at such a location, to deface the point of entry to a city that symbolises our unity.
“It is a huge joke taken too far, and the APC Leadership should quickly direct the immediate removal of that poisoned chalice, for the sake of our collective unity.
“That poisoned broom should be removed forthwith, or we will direct FCT public gardens Officials to remove it immediately.”
Similarly, a popular Social Media Influencer, Japheth Omojuwa, on his twitter handle, @Omojuwa, called for the removal of the statue, saying that, it affects the beauty of the location.
He said: “Damn it. Why deface the capital city this way? And the FCT Minister approved this? How many votes will this giant broom get you? I bet zero. No sane person will decide to vote the APC, on account of this giant broom. So, that makes it a pointless and stupid image. Take it down!”
Responding to the criticisms, the National Publicity Secretary of APC, Lanre Issa-Onilu, said that the opposition party’s reactions in recent times, have become very petty and unacceptable.
He accused the political party of losing touch with its campaign messages to Nigerians, saying that, rather than focusing on attacking the ruling party, “PDP should let the voters know what it would do differently, if given the chance to govern the country again”.
Issa-Onilu added: “But has any other party gone there to erect their symbols and they are stopped? The same people who said APC was not ready to campaign, and that we were relying on rigging methods, are now still complaining that our campaign efforts are too much? I think we need to be more serious in this country.”