The All Progressives Congress (APC) has berated the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for its attack on the party's choice of direct primaries to select its presidential candidate in the 2019 elections.
Describing PDP's position as pointing towards the party accepting defeat "even before the 2019 elections", APC described PDP's stand as "amusing".
A statement by Yekini Nabena, APC's Acting National Publicity Secretary, on Sunday, noted that the adoption of direct primaries is "revolutionary and progressive".
APC also described PDP as "a party known for its inability to ensure internal party democracy and actively promotes imposition of candidates against the free wil of members".
The statement read: "The All Progressives Congress (APC) is amused by the interest the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has in the mode of election the APC chooses to adopt for primaries to elect party candidates for the 2019 elections.
"With over 13 million registered APC members, coupled with a large section of nonpartisan Nigerian electorate supporting the President Muhammadu Buhari-led APC administration, it would seem that the PDP, on account of its attack of APC's adoption of direct primaries particularly to elect its presidential candidate, has already conceded defeat even before the 2019 elections.
"We quite understand that the revolutionary and progressive idea of direct primaries to elect party candidates is strange to the PDP - a party known for its inability to ensure internal party democracy and actively promotes imposition of candidates against the will of its members."
According to APC, not only do direct primaries "ensure fairness", it "creates a level playing ground for contestants; eliminates corrupt tendencies usually associated with the delegates system and ultimately ensure full and direct participation of party members at all levels in the election of party candidates".
The party restated its commitment to implementing the "change agenda promised to Nigerians", and urged Nigerians "to continue their support as the president continues to rebuild and reposition the country".