The Action Congress (AC) has raised an alarm over the ongoing controversy on the PDP’s zoning policy, saying it could be a ploy by the ruling party to distract the attention of Nigerians from more urgent issues like how to ensure free and fair polls in 2011.

In a statement issued in Lagos on Sunday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party described as unfortunate the elevation of a mere party issue to the level of a national discourse.

It, therefore, called on Nigerians not to allow themselves to be sucked in by the PDP zoning debate, which could be a ploy by the sinking behemoth to pull the wool over the eyes of the people while they (PDP) perfect their rigging plans for next year.

”Eternal vigilance is the price of freedom. The PDP zoning issue is a party affair and should remain so. It is about how to share the spoils of office, not how to raise the living standard of hapless Nigerians.

”Needless to say that the PDP’s zoning is out of sync with the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and therefore of no interest to millions of Nigerians who are daily struggling to eke out a living in the hell-hole that the PDP has turned Nigeria into in the last decade,’’ AC said.

The party said with the 2011 elections looming, the compilation of a fresh voters’ register, how to ensure next year’s elections are free and fair and strategies to make every vote count should be the dominant issues of public discourse, not the shenanigans of a party that is imploding as a result of its own inconsistencies.

It said the early warning by a member of the Presidential Advisory Council, Alhaji Bamangar Tukur, that there is no structure in place to support the conduct of credible elections in the country next year, should also be of concern to Nigerians, rather than the meaningless zoning debate.

”As the PDP zoning debate has revealed, the ruling party is a house divided against itself, which cannot stand. The inconsistency exhibited by its leadership during the debate has shown that the party is devoid of principle and integrity.

“It is futile, therefore, for Nigerians to expect that such a feckless party will deliver to them the much-awaited democratic goodies. Nigerians should brace up to vote out the PDP next year and save themselves and their country from the evil machinations of the party,’’ it said.

AC also advised President Goodluck Jonathan to concentrate on programmes and policies that can make life better for Nigerians, in the little time he has at the helms of the nation’s affairs till the next elections.

“Sadly, right now, it is as if governance has stalled, as the PDP zoning debate takes its toll on the administration. This is unacceptable and must stop,’’ the party said.