The opposition Peoples Democratic Party and many prominent Nigerians have condemned the ruling All Progressives Congress for erecting a giant broom turned upside down at the Abuja city gate of the Federal Capital Territory, the city’s point of entry.
Though that’s the ruling party’s logo, Nigerians criticised the Federal Capital Territory Development Authority for permitting the use the site for the erection of the statue that contravene the unity of the FCT.
On social media, Nigerians described the party’s action as irrational and unconscionable, quering how the location would look like if all other political parties choose to erect the statue of their party symbols there.
Some people also said the action could cause crisis among Nigerians “because it presents the city as if it belongs to a single political party”.
The spokesperson for the Atiku Campaign Organisation, Kassim Afegbua, said the action is a deliberate decision of the ruling party aimed at offending the sensibilities of Nigerians.
“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.”, the statement reads.
A popular social media influencer, Japheth Omojuwa, on his twitter handle, @Omojuwa, called for the removal of the statue, saying it affects the beauty of the location.
“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!”, he said.
Another twitter user, Rotimi Olawale, also condemned the action, urging President Muhammadu Buhari to order its removal.
“Just drove past the installation of a giant broom, the symbol of the ruling party, near the Abuja city gate, a national monument. This shouldn’t be allowed for whatever reason. Cc @ProfOsinbajo @MBuhari,” Olawale wrote.
Reacting to the condemnation, the APC said that it does not know who constructed the giant broom at the city gate in Abuja.
Speaking on a national television Mallam Lanre Isa-Onilu, the party’s spokesman told opposition party to construct its own structure, claiming that the broom was constructed by supporters of President Buhari’s administration.