By Ademola Adeleye
The Peoples Democratic Party is trapped in a cesspit of crisis which cannot be resolved before the next general elections, Felix Morka, spokesman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has said.
He spoke on Talk Point, a Lagos Television (LTV) programme, on Wednesday; Morka said he does not see the opposition party getting out of its crisis soon.
The APC spokesperson described the issues that are being experienced in the PDP as “self-inflicted.”
“We are more than ready for the elections. We are working on the inside to address whatever dissatisfaction we may have with some of our members who may be aggrieved one way or the other.
“The PDP is completely trapped in the abyss of crisis from which I don’t expect to emerge before the election. They have almost single handedly inflicted harm on themselves because that is the nature, internal contradictions of that party.”
In response to the question of medical tourism, Morka said Bola Tinubu, standard bearer of the APC, would address medical tourism if he is elected into office. Ironically, Tinubu himself has been known to have contributed largely to medical tourism and the president, elected on the platform of the party is currently in London for medical checkup.
“Health tourism right now is a huge drain on our foreign exchange earnings and we spend a lot of money financing those people going out. When they are going out they find dollars either through the banking sector or bureau de change, so it costs us a lot of money.
“In any event how many of us can afford the huge cost of healthcare abroad. The majority of us cannot. It is imperative for any government to do much for healthcare.
“If you look at the manifesto, Asiwaju has made it clear that healthcare is important. Our greatest assets are the people of Nigeria. He intends governments to begin to look inwards when it comes to healthcare. Until we patronize our healthcare system, we won’t realize some of the gaps there.”