The All Progressive Congress (APC) says Nigerians should help it beg the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to atleast behave responsible even if it is for once.
The ruling party stated this in a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Lanre Issa-Onilu while reacting to the rally organised by the opposition party.
The PDP held its rally in Oyo State at a time the federal government and several states government are putting measures in place to checkmate the spread of Coronavirus disease officially known as COVID-19.
The pandemic disease which originated from China can be spread if citizens are exposed to large gatherings.
Criticising the action of the opposition party, the ruling party described the rally as senseless.
“At a time when countries all over the world are taking deliberate, coordinated and concerted measures to contain the global outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVlD-19), the PDP sees the need to hold a senseless rally,” the statement read.
“Nigeria just cancelled the scheduled National Sports Festival, NYSC camps have closed down nationwide, a travel ban on government officials is in place, restricted entry into the country for travellers from 13 countries is in effect, improved emergency medical response across the country is in place among other social distancing steps being taken to protect our country.
“On Wednesday, five new cases were announced in the country and efforts are already underway to track persons who have had contact with these confirmed cases.
“The PDP’s thoughtless action is shockingly at variance with the current world effort to contain this pandemic.
“Events in most countries of the world and instructions being given by the Nigerian government do not support this criminal activity. Obviously the PDP is incapable of applying itself to rules and commonsense.
“Even as the APC-led government is making efforts to put in place a new national order for good governance and patriotic citizenship, PDP, living up to its legendary infamy, has continued in its malicious ways.
“How could any group choose this period to pull a crowd together? What is at stake at this moment that requires this level of risk taking? Why do the leaders of PDP not realise this action is capable of putting the entire country in jeopardy?
“For how long would this country put up with a badly behaved and clueless opposition party with irredeemable tendency for taking actions that violate all known moral principles? This is a new low, even for the PDP’s abysmal standards.
“We call on well-meaning Nigerians to plead with the PDP leaders to be responsible for once. This is a time for them to apply some intelligence to their actions,” the statement added.