The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has asked members of its main rival party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), to divert into rice farming “because they are jobless”.

The ruling party expressed this in its reaction to the opposition’s call on the Supreme Court to review its verdict on the 2019 presidential election.

PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, had challenged the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari but he lost in all legal battles aimed to claim victory at the poll. The PDP and its candidate lost from the tribunal to the Supreme Court.


Kola Ologbondiyan, spokesman of the opposition party, addressing a press conference on Monday, also called on the apex court to review its decisions on Osun, Kano, Kaduna and Katsina states’ polls.

But in response to the calls made by the Ologbondiyan, Lanre Issa-Onilu, the APC spokesperson, said PDP’s request has turned it into a joke in the country’s political space.

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Issa-Onilu said the opposition party has been exhibiting strange behaviours since it was rejected at the polls in 2015.

“The call by PDP asking the Supreme Court to review its rulings on the Presidential Election and governorship elections in Osun, Kano, Kaduna and Katsina States, has, once again, exposed the joke the opposition party has turned itself into in our nation’s political space,” he said.

“Never in the history of our democratic journey has a political party made mockery of what a responsible opposition politics entails. The PDP’s call has once again, reinforced our party’s belief that the PDP has become a clog in the wheels of our country’s political evolution.

“We believe it has been difficult for some leaders of the PDP to cope for so long outside of power. There is obviously a lot of idleness at the Wadata House Secretariat of PDP.

“At this period that our government is working hard to ensure food sufficiency in the country, we urge those jobless characters at the Wadata House to seriously consider taking up rice farming. This would make them useful for our country.”