But the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) commended the former first lady for not mincing words on issues of corruption and governance.
In a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Prof. Ahmed Alkali, the ruling party said Clintonâ€™s reference to â€œfailure of leadershipâ€ is inaccurate given that the present administration is committed to good governance and the rule of law.
According to the PDP, her observations were based on â€œmisinformationâ€ and does not reflect the reality on ground.
Some of Clintonâ€™s comments were sweeping, said the party.
PDP said Clinton was welcome to Nigeria but added that â€œwe are at the same time concerned that some of her remarks are not only way off the mark but also based on misinformation.â€
â€œMrs. Clinton seems to have taken her briefs from individuals or groups and other failed politicians who have an axe to grind with the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. We do not want to believe that her mission to Nigeria was meant to confer legitimacy to these groups who are pursuing narrow interests within the Nigeria political environment,â€ the PDP added.
The PDP went on to argue that the commitment of Yarâ€™Adua to resolving the Niger Delta conflict, strengthening the instruments of law, protecting the rights of citizens, reforming the electoral process and fighting corruption could not be faulted.
The party said that Yarâ€™Aduaâ€™s Seven-Point Agenda is a properly articulated tool for national rebirth and renewal. That is the governmentâ€™s response to the lapses caused by the inadequacies of the past, said the party.
The ruling party called on the US to find ways to encourage the growthÂ Â of the countryâ€™s democracy through constructive engagement. It advised against focusing on issues capable of undermining Nigeriaâ€™s sovereignty or straining long established relations between both countries.
Responding to questions from reporters at the Presidential Wing of the Murtala Muhammed Airport last night, the Senate President criticized Clintonâ€™s view on Nigeriaâ€™s Electoral Act.
Mark said there was nothing wrong with the Act. Rather than criticize the Electoral Act, he urged politicians to abide by the rules that guarantee free and fair elections.Â
Meanwhile, the NBA said it is in agreement with Clintonâ€™s statement that corruption is one of greatest problems facing the country and that the menace was among other factors that have caused failure of governance.
Clinton left Nigeria today for Liberia as part of her seven-nation African tour. While in the country, she met with President Yarâ€™Adua, the Foreign Minister, Ojo Maduekwe, and civil society groups.
She also hit hard on corruption, electoral reform and the Niger Delta.